Daniel M. Rankin

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, 311 Natural Resources Drive, Clemson, SC 29631, USA

Sportfish Population Characteristics Following Mechanical Largemouth Bass Removal in Two Small Public Fishing Impoundments in South Carolina

SEAFWA Journal Volume 10, March 2023

Declining angler harvest rates of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) have increasingly led to small impoundments containing over-crowded largemouth bass populations. Various methods to correct or prevent crowded largemouth bass populations have been used by fisheries man- agers, with mixed results. We removed largemouth bass from two small impoundments in South Carolina using boat electrofishing over two consecu- tive years, with targets of removing 40–50% of the largemouth bass populations each year. We used relative weight (Wr) as the removal criterion,...