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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has begun planning a study to evaluate survival of stocked rainbow and brown trout in the Lower Saluda River. As presently proposed, this “survival study” will be done over a three-year period. Each year approximately 3,000 fish will be tagged at the Walhalla Hatchery. The number represents approximately 25% of the total fish stocked each year and should provide a good statistical sampling. To gather information, the Lower Saluda River will be divided into segments, and electro-shocking will be used at 5 selected study sites along the river to recapture tagged fish. Creel census and reporting of tag number of fish released also will be used to determine survival ratios.If the plan is approved, the first tagged fish will be released in December 2012.

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