Aaron K. Jubar

The Lake Fork Trophy Largemouth Bass Survey: Benefits and Limitations of Using Volunteer Angler Data to Assess the Performance of a Trophy Fishery

SEAFWA Journal Volume 5, March 2018

Lake Fork Reservoir, in northeast Texas, supports a nationally-recognized trophy largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides, LMB) fishery which the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has managed using restrictive harvest regulations since it was opened to public fishing in 1980. De- spite a long history of annual creel and electro fishing surveys conducted by TPWD, data on trophy fish is limited. Fisheries managers' inability to collect trophy-sized LMB using traditional sampling methods is probably the result of a combination of gear biases and low relative abundance of trophy-sized...