Natural Resources, School of


Date of this Version



Published in Fisheries Management and Ecology 24 (2017), pp 460–468.

doi 10.1111/fme.12247


Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Used by permission.


Estimates of dynamic rate functions for riverine channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus (Rafinesque), populations are limited. The open nature and inherent difficulty in sampling riverine environments and the propensity for dispersal of channel catfish impede estimation of population variables. However, contemporary population models (i.e. robust design models) can incorporate the open nature of these systems. The purpose of this study was to determine channel catfish population abundance, survival and size structure and to characterize growth in the lower Platte River, Nebraska, USA. Annual survival estimates of adult channel catfish were 13%–49%, and channel catfish abundance estimates ranged from 8,281 to 24,261 fish within a 10-km sampling reach. Channel catfish were predominantly (90%)