Management Application of Angler Recognition Program Data

Infonnation from applications to 2 angler recognition programs administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were analyzed to determine changes in the number and weight of fish submitted each year. Frequent increases in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) (5 in a 6-year time span), striped bass (Morone saxatilis) (9 in a 14-year time span), and hybrid striped bass (M. chrysops X M. saxatilis) (7 in 8-year time span) state records were documented. Significant annual increases in mean weight of largemouth bass (4.0 kg in 1974 to >5.0 kg in 1986 and 1987) and smallmouth bass (M. dolomieui) (2.16 kg in 1979 to 2.63 kg in 1987) certified for Big Fish Awards were recorded. Increases in size of largemouth bass and striped bass certified were directly related to stocking programs. Despite limited participation in Texas angler recognition programs, data indicate fishing quality has improved for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, striped bass and hybrid striped bass as a result of stocking.

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