Date of Award:
Master of Science (MS)
Department name when degree awarded
William F. Sigler
The Utah chub is one of the most important non-game fish in Utah. It has a wide range, and occurs in every drainage in Utah. The Utah chub is not important economically as food fish nor is it of much value commercially. The sportsmen think of this species as trash and do not consider catching or consuming the. However, the Utah chub may be caught on hook and like more readily than many game species. The Utah chub in Scofield Reservoir have been caught by trolling, bait fishing and fly casting and furnish considerable sport when caught with a light tackle.
Their real importance becomes evident when a large population of Utah chub exist in waters where game fish species are desired. With their high reproductive potential, the Utah chub may become the dominant species and cause trout populations to decrease. This competition for food and space has been evident in many areas. Hazzard (1935) stated that Utah chub and trout compete with trout for food in Fish Lake, Utah, and Sigler (1948) also found that Utah chub compete with trout for food.
Olson, Harold F., "The Biology of the Utah Chub, Gila Atraria (Girard), of Scofield Reservoir, Utah" (1959). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6934.
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