Evaluation of Striped Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass Stockings in Eight Alabama Public Fishing Lakes

Stockings of striped bass, (Morone saxatilis), hybrid striped bass, (Marone saxatilis x Marone chrysops), and reciprocal hybrid striped bass (Morone chrysops x Morone saxatilis), at Alabama's public fishing lakes were evaluated. Age and growth data are presented for each of the 3 groups. The length-weight relationship developed for hybrid striped bass from Alabama's public fishing lakes is LoglO weight =-4.9549 + 3.033 (loglO length). The condition factor Kn for hybrid striped bass from these lakes was very low, relative to hybrid striped bass from West Point Reservoir. Survival of hybrid striped bass at one lake from age I to age 2 was over 30%. A cost-benefit ratio from the cost of stocking these fish divided by the benefit to fishermen from harvesting them produced a value near 1.

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