Determining the Age of a Fish  

The age of a fish can be determined by examining the rings in one of the scales of the fish. Normally the scale is taken near the dorsal area.

Fish caught May 15, 2004

0.2 mi. upstream from the mouth of Fish Creek; 

Length: 431mm (approx. 17 in.) 

Age:  3. 

Each year is represented by a group of narrow "winter" rings with year "0" at the center and the last year or portion thereof  at the perimeter."