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Mossy Creek - News & Reports

Plans are underway to do some bank stabilization and channel-narrowing along two reaches of Mossy Creek in summer 2008. This is a partnership between landowners, DGIF, Trout Unlimited, and the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District.

Reports from the Biologists

In the winters of 2007 and 2008, Mossy Creek brown trout seem to have experienced an increase in natural mortality not seen in the past. Several theories are circulating: the presence of river otter in the stream, anecdotal reports of increased avian predation, lower flows associated with dry conditions, and stocking true fingerling browns rather than advanced fingerlings. Summer electrofishing samples by DGIF biologists have shown normal, healthy brown trout populations comparable to past samplings. A winter 2008 sample indicated that brown trout numbers were down (compared to summer 2007 samples), but strong enough for a good day of fishing. DGIF is committed to maintaining a quality fishing experience at Mossy Creek and will be looking into the issues that are negatively affecting this fishery.