alexa Effects of a 356-mm Minimum Length Limit on the Population Characteristics and Sport Fishery of Smallmouth Bass in the Shoals Reach of the Tennessee River, Alabama
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Agri and Aquaculture

Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal

Author(s): Michael J Maceina

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The Shoals Reach, a 20-km section of the Tennessee River below Wilson Dam, Alabama, has a national reputation as an excellent fishery for smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu. To protect and enhance this smallmouth bass fishery, a 356-mm minimum total length (TL) limit was established in this region in 1991. We sampled smallmouth bass in the fall of 1995 and spring of 1996 to determine if the regulation had any effects on the population characteristics of this fishery. A creel survey was conducted during 1996 to estimate angler effort, catch, and harvest of smallmouth bass, and to evaluate angler values, opinions, and practices. Electrofishing catch rates for juvenile

This article was published in North American Journal of Fisheries Management and referenced in Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal

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