My Mission: To create some kind of noticable life in the creek behind my house
There is a creek behind my house that runs around the neighborhood, and me and my friends often go out there to hang out as theres benches, no one around, and just pretty peaceful.
However, thats where my problem comes in, its TOO peaceful. Kinda boring sometimes. Ive seen some tadpoles down there, occasionally some bigger fish (for a small creek atleast), and once even a turtle (highlight of my year right there....), but it still kinda sucks. Does anyone have any ideas as to how i can create some form of life, preferably fish, down there? Or are creeks just lost causes for lots of fish.
Some things to keep in mind, I live in Texas, so account for the weather if needed. And I really have no idea what there is for fish to eat down there. I really know nothing about fish, but I do think itd be cool to see some life down there and say I atleast helped in making it.
It all depends on water quality, if there are not fish in it now it is most likely hopeless....
I think introducing non-native fish to the wild in general is just a bad idea regardless of the environment... if you find fish down the creek and move them up it might be ok, but adding just any fish that will survive may negatively impact other parts of the ecosystem balance.
try lifting rocks in the creek, theres probably some small fish in there or at the very least aquatic invertebrates
There is probably a government department that deals with public waterways and wildlife issues. It there is anything you can do, it would only be under the direction of the relevant authority. Otherwise, you shouldn't interfere with a natural ecosystem.
Where I live in Australia, it's illegal to introduce fish into waterways. And some plants. So check your laws.
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Nothing wrong with stocking native fish to streams or ponds in my view. I have stocked ponds and lakes for Farmers,and Preppy Suburbanites with native fishes I have caught from streams and rivers for some time.
Conservation Dept, also does this here in Missouri if you call and ask them to. They will stock the pond or lake BUT owner must then allow those who ask ,,,permission to fish the pond/lake .Or ,,,you can purchase fish through the Dept and they will deliver them, usually in the spring for a price.
Streams are what they are,fish will go with the flow. If favorable conditions and food is available, they will be there, If not,,they won't.
another thing is that maybe there arent any fish in that particular stretch. Go upstream or downstream for a good distance, you should find a stretch that has fish
you might even decide to dam it to make a mini lake. Personally I woulden't try to stock it even if you own it. Before you stock it test the water first.
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