Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

Boone Lake - Electrofishing 2016

Sampling date: April 18 – 19, 2016
Species collected in survey (12 runs, 3.0 hrs total effort):

Black Crappie = 7
Blacknose Crappie = 1
Largemouth Bass = 189
Smallmouth Bass = 66
Spotted Bass = 77
White Crappie = 1

 

The 2016 largemouth bass CPUE was a little below average, at 63.0 fish/hour. However, we collected a large percentage (44%) of fish between 10 and 14-inches. These fish should grow bigger in 2017 and recruit into larger size classes, which will increase the percentage of fish over the 15-inch MLL. The largemouth bass relative weights were below average for Boone Reservoir.

Smallmouth bass catch rates were just below average for 2016, at 22.0 fish/hour. There is a large percentage of smallmouth bass between 10 to 14 inches (38%). Hopefully, these fish will recruit into the larger size classes and result in more fish for anglers to catch above the 15-inch MLL. The smallmouth bass relative weights were below average for Boone Reservoir.

Black crappie catch rates for 2015 were about average for Boone Reservoir. We also saw good percentages of crappie between 7 and 10-inches. These fish should recruit into larger size classes and result in more fish over the 10-inch MLL in 2017.


 

Largemouth bass length frequency


 

Largemouth bass condition


 

Smallmouth bass length frequency


 

Smallmouth bass condition

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