Waters*, C.T.North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission,
Striped bass since the early 50,s have been successfully stocked
into reservoirs across the United States. Striped Bass fishing is the fastest growing segment of sport fishing
Fishing effort and catch rates have increased, and anglers are
expressing concerns, whether real or perceived, about declines of
striped bass fishing.
The need to conduct annual, systematic assessments of
striped bass populations has increased.
Numerous studies designed to address reservoir-specific questions are documented in the fisheries literature.
However, information on the basic population assessment data
collected annually by state agencies is generally less accessible.
The collection methods employed range from angler creels and diaries
to gill netting and electro-fishing.
The types of data and subsequent analyses vary as well.
The objective of this effort is to summarize the techniques used by
state agencies from across the southeast to collect and analyze data
used to make basic management decisions.
This initial evaluation should provide a basis for biologists to
design standard sampling strategies for reservoir striped bass.