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North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:845855, 2003 Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2003
 

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North American Journal of Fisheries Management 23:845855, 2003
Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2003
Largemouth Bass Abundance and Angler Catch Rates following
a Habitat Enhancement Project at Lake Kissimmee, Florida
MIKE S. ALLEN*
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, The University of Florida,
7922 Northwest 71st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32653, USA
KIMBERLY I. TUGEND AND MARTY J. MANN
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
600 North Thacker Avenue, Suite A1, Kissimmee, Florida 34741, USA
Abstract.--A habitat enhancement project was conducted at Lake Kissimmee, Florida, during
19951996 to improve fish habitat and remove dense inshore vegetation caused by stabilized water
levels. We evaluated abundance of age-1 ( 250 mm total length [TL]) and adult (fish at least 356
mm TL and all sizes of fish caught by anglers) largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides before and
after the habitat enhancement. Mean electrofishing catch per hour (CPH) of age-1 largemouth bass
increased significantly after the 19951996 habitat enhancement, suggesting strong year-classes
for 2 years after the habitat enhancement (i.e., 19971998 year-classes). Growth of age-1 large-
mouth bass also increased following habitat enhancement; mean total length of age-1 fish averaged
143 mm before enhancement and 186 mm after enhancement. Catch curves conducted in 2001

  

Source: Allen, Micheal S. - Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology