Comparison Of Bass Club Records With Creel Censuses

Bass club catch records from tournaments held on Norris. Douglas, and Cherokee Reservoirs during 1976 were compared with creel censuses. While not statistically significant, both numbers and weights per hour of bass caught by tournament anglers were less than catch rates by nontournament fishermen. Average weight of bass caught in tournaments was higher than that found in creel censuses. Some advantages of using tournament catch records in evaluating bass fisheries are discussed.

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