That's really cool! With any luck, they'll thrive and offer an amazing fishery.
I agree, looks like a new fishery.
So this projection is based on climate warming, and it is going 50 years in the future?
Is this a good thing?
I think that the brown trout could be looked on as the invaders as the smallmouth are native to that part of the U.S while the Browns were imported from Europe. I have fished streams where they co-exist often and I believe a healthy stream can sustain good populations of both species.
Why worry? They are just a big sunfish anyway. While it may not be popular to say, smallies do taste good too!
I would agree that new smallmouth fisheries aren't necessarily a bad thing. The bad thing is that global warming doesn't end in 50 years. Instead it goes on and on until the climate stabilizes again, IF it ever does and who knows when and where that point is. Those new smallie streams could become catfish and carp habitat or just simply dry up and blow away if the climate becomes too hot and dry in that part of the world. I don't know if this will happen. It's just that humanity has never been down this path before and I think we should try to take the longest view we can.
So we are worried about an exotic species being partially displaced by a native species based on a 50 year forecast about a 3 degree temperature rise when we can't accurately predict tomorrow's temperature within 3 degrees?