Barren Fork Creek
Project T-104-R-1: Movement and Flowrecruitment Relationships of Prairie Chub: An Endemic Great Plains Cyprinid.
Project Leader: Shannon Brewer, Oklahoma State University.
The prairie chub is one of 20 species of fish currently listed as a Tier 1 Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Oklahoma. Despite being a conservation priority, very little research has been done that explores how the amount of flowing water in its environment affects this fish.
With increasing tension over water allocation and the threat of more droughts in the Great Plains, it is imperative to understand how prairie chubs use water flow and how changing flow patterns affect their survival. This study aims to understand just that while also estimating the current population of prairie chubs in the upper Red River.
Ultimately, this study will help the Wildlife Department understand the flow needs of this species and provide sound data for future stream flow management practices. To date, project investigators have tagged 933 prairie chubs and are tracking their movements.
Angler holding smallmouth bass in stream. Photo by Eric Brown RPS/2019
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation biologist Richard Snow (left) and technician Micah Waters (right) holding a alligator gar in the water.