The Use of Isolation Coves in Assessing Muskellunge Stocking Mortality

A method to determine short term muskellunge stocking mortality by using isolation coves is discussed. The method allows for free movement and feeding of muskellunge while restricting lakeward movement. Mortality of muskellunge was readily determined with the use of SCUBA. Stocking mortality due to stress of handling and transportation was considered minimal. Observations indicate that future stocking of muskellunge be made in areas of extensive weed cover.

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