Biologists Study Impacts Of Juvenile Steelhead Release Methods In Methow, Connection To Adult Return
Further proof hatchery steelhead suck.
Their research suggests that juvenile hatchery steelhead that fail to emigrate of their own volition tend to hang out in the stream as “residual” hatchery steelhead, crowding and competing for food in the stream they share with wild steelhead that are often listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Their conclusion is that it is better not to release these fish into the native stream at all.
LINK (via: CBB Bulletin)