Fish Biomass and Angler Harvest from a South Carolina Cooling Reservoir

Fish biomass and angler harvest data were collected from Keowee Reservoir during a period when thermal characteristics of this reservoir were significantly altered by operation of a large steam-electric power plant. Plant operation increased the heat load of the reservoir and depressed the depth of the thermocline. During the 22-year sampling period, fish biomass (primarily for nonsportfish taxa) declined, fishing effort increased, and angler harvest rates remained unchanged.

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