Kimberly E. Garner

Catch/Release Bias in Reward Tag Exploitation Studies

A post card survey questionnaire was used to obtain information about the catch and release practices of anglers participating in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) tag reward exploitation studies at 2 North Carolina reservoirs. The surveys demonstrated that at least 60% of all tagged bass captured were released. The post card survey resulted in substantial reductions in the estimated exploitation rates at both reservoirs.