Dustin M. Smith

1110 Railroad Street, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Farmington, WV 26571, USA

Environmental Correlates of Walleye Spawning Movements in an Appalachian Hydropower Reservoir

SEAFWA Journal Volume 10, March 2023

Understanding walleye (Sander vitreus) spawning behavior is important for managing walleye fisheries, but such information is limited for Appalachian reservoirs. We assessed spawning movements and spawning locations for a reestablished walleye population in Cheat Lake, West Virginia. We tagged fifty-two walleye with acoustic telemetry transmitters to evaluate environmental correlates associated with pre-spawn movements and to deter- mine spawning locations. Using an information-theoretic approach, we compared candidate logistic regression models to determine...