Similar to what Ron stated below, I just recently scored on eBay,
4 copies of fisheries surveys done in Massachusetts from 1942 to 1952. I
got them at .99 each too! They are broken down by region, e.g.: eastern
lakes, ponds and reservoirs; lakes and ponds of north central
Massachusetts; fisheries reports for Plymouth, Berkshire and Barnstable
They were done, it seems, to figure out how each body of water
should be managed in regards to gamefish species. However, a near
complete fish fauna survey was done in each body of water investigated,
as well as other information such as depth, acreage, fish stocking
Really interesting books, surveys that I would love to see done
now. Obviously a fisheries survey done in the late 40's - early 50's is
now an outdated reference for most intents and purposes. With the
introduction of non-native species, restoration of anadramous fish runs,
water quality issues, and stocking, one realizes that new surveys must be
conducted, and new material published.
MA/New England Reg. Rep.
On Fri, 31 Oct 2003 02:20:30 -0500 "Ron Anderson" <yodeman_at_lycos.com>
> I have a book published in 1977 called "Fisheries Investigations and
> Management in Rhode Island Lakes and Ponds", put out by the RI F&W.
> This book is fantastic, with surveys of every body of water found in
> my state. Depth chart maps and line graphs on total alkalinity,
> dissolved oxygen, pH, and temp from 0 ft to the bottom are included
> for each pond along with a table of "species captured, observed, or
> stocked" in each. Of course it is mainly game type fish, but the
> table does include golden shiner and brindle shiner. I don't think
> they put stuff like this out anymore.
> Ron Anderson
> Warwick, RI
> alt email: ron02886_at_cox.net
> --------- Original Message ---------
> DATE: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 21:21:39
> From: "R. W. Wolff" <choupiqu_at_wctc.net>
> To: <nanfa_at_aquaria.net>
> >I know, according to dot maps in various publications, the same
> could be
> >said about any water way away from major metro areas in Wisconsin
> as well. I
> >wonder , really, how many rural areas have been properly sampled,
> and when
> >sampled, given a fair go? This could account for the "phenomana" of
> non game
> >fish ranges extending over the past few years. Just 40 years ago
> >publications put out by the state labeled any fish other than big
> >speices as plain forage. Sometimes the detailed descriptions would
> >sunfish species other than bluegill, pumpkinseed, rock bass, and
> the two
> >crappies. Even there that was a rare occassion. Unfortunatly, these
> >publications are no longer made, let alone in print. Even though
> non game
> >info was lacking, the information about the water was incredible. I
> >referring to the " Surface water Resources of "X" County" Series of
> the mid
> >to late 60's. I am lucky enough to have a copy of my and some
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