Dispersal of smallmouth bass from a simulated tournament weigh-in site

North American Journal of Fisheries Management
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Simulated smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu fishing tournaments were staged in Dale Hollow Lake, a 12,400-ha reservoir in Tennessee, between March 2004 and February 2005 to investigate posttournament dispersal. Smallmouth bass (n = 54) were captured with conventional hook-and-line tackle and artificial lures, placed in live wells, and subjected to a weigh-in procedure before being externally tagged with an ultrasonic transmitter and released. Water temperatures ranged from 7.4°C to 29.3°C (mean [SE] = 17.6°C [2.5]), fish ranged in total length from 330 to 572 mm (mean = 452 [8.3]), and no fish were dead at the weigh-ins. Smallmouth bass dispersed rapidly away from the release site, which was located at the head of a 68-ha embayment. After 3-5d, survivors (n = 44) traversed an average distance of 1,475 m [213]. Most (72%) fish swam uplake and out of the 385-ha study area after 6 d. The rapid dispersal of smallmouth bass may be relevant in systems that experience heavy tournament activity. The smallmouth bass caught and subjected to simulated tournament conditions on Dale Hollow Lake did not stockpile near the release site.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Dispersal of smallmouth bass from a simulated tournament weigh-in site
Series title North American Journal of Fisheries Management
DOI 10.1577/M10-033.1
Volume 30
Issue 4
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Publisher location Lawrence, KS
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 7 p.
First page 976
Last page 982
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