Temperature Selection and Vertical Distribution of Striped Bass During Lake Stratification

Water temperature appeared to be a major factor influencing the distribution of striped bass (Morone saxatilis) during 1978 in Lake Norman, North Carolina, while size of striped bass, dissolved oxygen concentrations, available forage, and current also had some influence on their distribution. Large striped bass [~400 mm TL) appeared to be more restricted to the cooler waters than small striped bass « 400 mm TL) when water temperature exceeded 17.0 0 C and stratified conditions existed. These factors should be considered when establishing or managing a striped bass fishery in a reservoir or lake.

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