The Importance of Trout Streams and Trout
Why study trout and trout streams? They are just fish like any other fish---Right!
Wrong! Trout require high quality environments to live in. If you live in an area or state where
your trout streams are diminishing in numbers and or quality this should tell you something about serious
Trout and salmon require optimum conditions to live including water quality. From temperature
range to oxygen levels these fish and their environment give us a very good report card on what's happening
in our complex society. Trout won't survive in poor water quality.
From an economic standpoint these streams and the fish in them bring in a massive amount of money
into the economy. States with trout streams have a cash cow that's hard to match. For example, in
Pennsylvania fishing and hunting was the number two industry in the state, much of that being derived from trout
fishing. This income comes not only from fishing but from lodging, travel, food and other spending.
States like Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and others turn massive amounts of
money from fishing, guiding and related activities with trout and salmon fishing. Sportsman fly in from all
of the world to fish these fabled waters. Their health and well being is important both economically and
scientifically for our society.