Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

Watauga Lake - Electrofishing 2016

Sampling date: April 25 - 26, 2016
Species collected in survey (20 runs, 5.0 hrs total effort):

Largemouth Bass = 85
Smallmouth Bass = 128
Spotted Bass = 107
Black Crappie = 11
Black-nose Black Crappie = 4

 

The largemouth bass catch rates for Watauga Reservoir were slightly below average in 2016 at 17.0 fish/hour. However, a PSD value of 98 would indicate that the reservoir size structure is dominated by larger fish. There was also a good percentage of largemouth bass collected over the 12-inch MLL. Largemouth bass relative weights were about average for Watauga Reservoir.

Smallmouth bass catch rates were above average at about 25.6 fish /hour. There was also a large percentage of fish collected over the 15-inch MLL (71%). Smallmouth bass relative weights were about average for Watauga Reservoir.


 

Largemouth size structure


 

Largemouth condition


 

Smallmouth size structure


 

Smallmouth condition

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