Weekly samples of larval fish were collected from water discharged from the epilimnion of DeGray Lake into the tailwaters, for power generation, from April through August, 1976 and 1977. Peak rates of loss measured were 1.4 larvae/m³ in May, 1976 and 2.7/m³ in April, 1977. Sunfish, shad and crappie made up 97% of an estimated 83.3 million fish lost in 1976, and 98% of 122.4 million lost in 1977. The most critical period for larval fish loss extended from the last week of April to the first week of June. No definite relationships were noted between length of the power generation period or power generation rate, and rate of larval fish discharge. Diel collections showed the rate of larval fish discharge to be lower and more uniform during darkness than during daylight.
Moen, Thomas E. and Dewey, Michael R.
"Loss of Larval Fish by Epilimnial Discharge From DeGray Lake, Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 32
, Article 22.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol32/iss1/22