West Virginia Project
Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish Population Demographics, Habitat Use, and Movement in the Robert C. Byrd Pool of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers
January 2019 - December 2021
- West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Fishes of large river ecosystems provide important recreational fisheries with real economic contributions. Management of these large river fish populations, however, is often limited owing to a lack of ecological information. Currently little information is known about the population ecology of Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish in the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers of West Virginia. This collaborative study involves researchers from the USGS West Virginia Cooperative Research Unit, West Virginia University, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and Missouri State University. Data from this study on population demographics, habitat use, and movement of Blue Catfish and Flathead Catfish will inform management decisions for these species, providing data to aid the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources toward further development of these large river fisheries.