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North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24:12521261, 2004 Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2004
 

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North American Journal of Fisheries Management 24:12521261, 2004
Copyright by the American Fisheries Society 2004
Simulated Impacts of Tournament-Associated Mortality on
Largemouth Bass Fisheries
M. S. ALLEN* AND M. W. ROGERS
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida,
7922 Northwest 71st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32653, USA
R. A. MYERS
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,
2122 Old Henderson Highway, Tyler, Texas 75702, USA
W. M. BIVIN
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 220 South Locust Avenue,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-5926, USA
Abstract.--We used creel survey data combined with a simulation model to assess how tour-
nament-associated mortality could increase exploitation of largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides
and influence largemouth bass fisheries. We obtained estimates of total largemouth bass harvest
(HARV) and total tournament catch (TC, i.e., the number of fish brought to judging stations) at
nine lakes from Arkansas, Florida, and Texas. The ratio of TC to HARV exceeded 1.0 at five of
the nine lakes studied and ranged from 0.35 to 5.18. We simulated potential tournament-associated

  

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

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology