Conservation planning for threatened bull trout Salvelinus confluentus requires the identification of temporal and spatial movement patterns to better understand the patch size and connectivity requirements of different behavioral strategies (e.g., resident and migratory) and life stages (e.g., juvenile and adult). Although these patterns have been identified for adults, less is known about the movement patterns of juvenile and subadult bull trout. Thus, we evaluated the movement patterns and abiotic and biotic cues associated with migration timing of fluvial juvenile and subadult (150-300 mm) bull trout in the South Fork Walla Walla River, northeastern Oregon. From 2002 to 2005, we tagged 1,636 individuals with passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags and monitored subsequent movements (within the study area) and migrations (exiting of the study area) by PIT tag detection at antennae and active detection during the mark-recapture sampling season...
- Bull Trout,
- Northeast Oregon