Fishway Inspection Guidelines

Publication Date



fishway, fish passage, inspection, maintenance, fish ladder, fish lift

Report number


Publication place

Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst


UMass Libraries

Series Title

Fish Passage Technical Reports


This technical report provides guidance for engineers, biologists, operators, regulators and dam owners involved in the inspection of fishways at dams. Volitional fish ladders, fish lifts, and other fish passage and protection facilities are devices of varying complexity frequently integrated into sophisticated reservoir management and hydropower installations. As with any device, maintenance of fish passage facilities is necessary to ensure their proper operation. Improper operation of fishways may limit or eliminate entire year classes of diadromousfish. Routine fishway inspections are a critical component of an overall fish passage operation and maintenance plan.