Nathan M. Bacheler

Effects of Reservoir Drawdown on Available Habitat: Implications for a Tropical Largemouth Bass Population

In temperate reservoirs, habitat quality and availability can be vital to year-class formation of young largemouth bass. We assessed littoral habitat availability for largemouth bass in a tropical reservoir. Habitat characteristics (slope, substratum, and cover) were measured at 5 water levels (169, 170, 171, 172, and 173 m above mean sea level) at 15 30-m sites in Lucchetti Reservoir. Total structural habitat availability declined sharply at lower water levels, and both inundated terrestrial vegetation and woody debris were absent at the lowest water level examined. Coarse substrates (...