Great Basin Naturalist


The fish population of Ruth Reservoir, California, was sampled every two weeks with variable mesh gill nets from May 1974 through May 1975. Fish were captured in the following order of numerical abundance: Humboldt sucker (Catostomus humboldtianus), golden shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucus), brown bullhead (Ictalurus nebulosus), white catfish (I. catus), rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri), and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). The three most abundant species made up about 95 percent of total numbers and weight. All species exhibited a similar cyclic temporal availability pattern: catch rates increased to a maximum during summer and fall and decreased during winter and spring. Environmental variables with the most pronounced relationships to fish catches were temperature (direct) and turbidity (inverse).