Response by anglers to a differential harvest regulation on three black bass species at Skiatook Lake, Oklahoma

Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science
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Abstract

Angler responses to a differential harvest regulation on black bass, Micropterus spp. at Skiatook Lake, Oklahoma was assessed from 1997 to 1999. This regulation allowed anglers to harvest 15 spotted bass, M. punctulatus (Rafinesque) of any size and six largemouth bass, M. salmoides (Lacepède) and smallmouth bass, M. dolomieu Lacepède greater than 356 mm (in aggregate) per day. Anglers’ ability to differentiate spotted bass increased after the first year of the study, but their willingness to target or harvest spotted bass declined. Mean angler catch rates (number of fish per angling hour) for all three species remained steady throughout the study. Total harvest of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass was reduced by 1999 while total harvest of spotted bass remained steady throughout the study period. Despite the more liberal regulations as incentive, the regulation failed to accomplish the primary objective of increasing angler harvest of spotted bass because of high rates of voluntary catch and release.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Response by anglers to a differential harvest regulation on three black bass species at Skiatook Lake, Oklahoma
Series title Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science
Volume 92
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Oklahoma Academy of Science
Publisher location Edmond, OK
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Atlanta
Description 12 p.
First page 9
Last page 20
Time Range Start 1997-01-01
Time Range End 1999-12-31
Country United States
State Oklahoma
Other Geospatial Skiatook Lake
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