DEEP Shocking-Naugatuck River Summer 2016
Report from Ed Machowski (DEEP) to Bob Gregorski
There were two electrofishing samples done on 8/18/16 in the Naugatuck River. One at Frost Bridge Thomaston and the other in Torrington downstream of the Palmer Street crossing. Attached is the raw fish data from both sites (name of the location is at the top of each data sheet).
Palmer Street - water was very low and we captured nothing but minnow species, and a lot of them. The one and only interesting thing is the number of Cutlip Minnow we caught. It wasn't all that long ago that these fish were becoming common below the Campville Bridge, but I don't recall seeing them further upstream. They have definitely spread.
Frost Bridge - the most notable thing from this site is the number of smallmouth bass (303)! They definitely got off an incredible spawn as you can see with the number of young-of-year in the sample. I am going to eventually make a fishing trip to some of the deeper runs and pools in the section of river above Waterbury to search for larger smallmouth. We have seen some really good year classes in the river so some of the now larger bass must be there somewhere.
Here is a list of species and their two letter code:
AE = American Eel; SBN = Stocked Brown Trout; RB = Rock bass; SM = Smallmouth bass; RS = Redbreast sunfish; PS = Pumpkinseed sunfish; LD = Longnose dace; BG = Bluegill sunfish; LM = Largemouth bass; BL = Blacknose dace; FF = Fallfish; CM = Cutlip Minnow; CS = Common shiner; CR = Creek chub; TD = Tesselated darter.
(Size range) on the data sheet (also indicated next to the species two letter abbreviation) is 1,2, or 3. Size range 1 is for fish from 2cm to 29cm; range 2 is 30cm to 57cm and so on.
Note: Bob edited & summarized the raw field data.
FROST BRIDGE THOMASTON, CT 8-16-16
AE = American Eel (2) 13: SBN = Stocked Brown Trout (7) 1: RB = Rock bass (1) 8:
SM = Smallmouth bass (1) 303 : SM =SMALLMOUTH (9) 33: SM = Smallmouth bass (7) 10 : RS = Redbreast sunfish (1) 55: PS = Pumpkinseed sunfish (1) 7 : LD = Longnose dace (1) 21: BG = Bluegill sunfish (1) 12: LM = Largemouth bass (1) 31: AE = AMERICAN EEL (3) 2 : BL = Blacknose dace (1) 4:
FF = Fallfish (1) 12 : CM = Cutlip Minnow (1) 12: CS = Common shiner 0 : CR = Creek chub 0: TD = Tesselated darter 0: RUSTY CRAWFISH (4) .
Torrington downstream of the Palmer Street crossing 8-16-16 AE = American Eel (1) 1: SBN = Stocked Brown Trout 0 : RB = Rock bass 0 : SM = Smallmouth bass 0 : RS = Redbreast sunfish 0 : PS = Pumpkinseed sunfish 0 : LD = Longnose dace (1) 22 : BG = Bluegill sunfish (1) 11: LM = Largemouth bass (1): 32 : BL = Blacknose dace (1) 686 : FF = Fallfish 0 : CM = Cutlip Minnow (1) 17: CS = Common shiner (1) 591 : CR = Creek chub (1) 46: TD = Tesselated darter (1) 19 : LD (1) 25 : WS (1) 100.
Naugatuck River Fishes Fall 2009
Compiled by Bob Gregorski with data from DEP Fisheries Biologists
Neal Hagstrom & Tim Wildman
Reviewed by DEP Fisheries Biologists Tim Barry, Mike Humphreys
and Ed Machowski
alewife (seasonal spring migratory; stocked broodstock)
banded killifish 1
American shad (seasonal spring migratory; stocked broodstock)
Atlantic salmon (seasonal fall; stocked broodstock)
blueback herring (seasonal spring migratory; stocked broodstock)
gizzard shad (seasonal spring migratory)
sea-run brown trout (seasonal spring migratory)
striped bass (seasonal spring and fall migratory)
walleye (rarely seen; transient from Housatonic R.)
West Branch Naugatuck River
banded killifish American eel
blacknose dace blacknose dace
brook trout brook trout
brown bullhead brown trout
brown trout creek chub
common shiner cutlips minnow
creek chub fallfish
cutlips minnow fathead minnow
fallfish golden shiner
fathead minnow largemouth bass
golden shiner longnose dace
largemouth bass pumpkinseed sunfish
longnose dace rainbow trout
pumpkinseed sunfish rockbass
rockbass tessellated darter
tessellated darter tessellated darter white sucker
tiger trout yellow perch
East Branch Naugatuck River
tessellated darter white sucker