Habitat Matters

The first series of photos below were taken in Beaupre Springs pond.  Prior to the Club’s restoration work (2012 – 2014), this pond had become disconnected from the Brule system due to 3 long-standing beaver dams (click on Beaupre Springs to see photos of the restoration work).  Further, water in the beaver ponds warmed above lethal levels for trout during certain times of the year and water evaporation from the ponds was great enough that no water flowed in Beaupre Springs Creek below the dams.  With the dams removed and flows restored so that the spring pond was connected to the East Fork of the Brule, brook trout, cohos, and brown trout were soon using the spring pond.  The remaining photos show fish using various Brule River habitat in the vicinity of a number of other DNR – Club projects.  For links to maps, descriptions, and photos of individual habitat projects click on Project Table.

Beaupre Springs pond restored to historical level (note submerged logs)
Adult brook trout and juvenile cohos in Beaupre Springs pond
Juvenile cohos in Beaupre Springs pond
Juvenile cohos in Beaupre Springs pond
Yearling brown trout in Beaupre Springs pond
Male brook trout sparring over spawning habitat
Brook trout pairing up to spawn
Brook trout male over spawning gravel
Brook trout on a redd
Brook trout on a redd
Brook trout over spawning gravel
Brook trout pair on a redd
Brook trout pair on a redd
Brook trout on a redd
Brook trout on a redd
Brook trout on a redd
Spawning brook trout
Juvenile brook trout at spawning site
Juvenile brook trout at spawning site
Lake run brown trout ready to spawn
Lake run brown trout ready to spawn
Resident brown trout ready to spawn
Coho pair ready to spawn
Brook trout under habitat log
Brook trout under habitat log
Brook trout under cover
Brook trout under cover
Brook and brown trout
Brook and brown trout under log
Schooling brook trout and brown trout
White sucker hiding
Adult brook trout and white sucker under habitat log
Schooling brook trout
Juvenile rainbow trout
Juvenile rainbow trout
Juvenile brown and rainbow trout
Steelhead pair ready to spawn