Richard A. Ott, Jr.

Evaluation of the Efficacy of an On-line Angler Diary

Angler surveys along with other modern research techniques provide managers with information needed to justify regulations to protect resources, to increase resources through stocking and habitat improvement, and to justify access improvement. However, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) receives little or no information from anglers concerning their activities on the majority of public waters. An online angler diary (OAD) system could substantially increase the number of water bodies from which TPWD receives at least anecdotal angler information. In order to create an efficient means of...

Year
2008

Evaluation of Methods for Establishing Native Aquatic Vegetation in Seven Texas Reservoirs

Aquatic vegetation plays an important role in freshwater systems, providing quality habitat for fish, sequestering nutrients, stabilizing sediments, and improving water clarity. Because many Texas reservoirs are either sparsely vegetated or contain an overabundance of non-native species such as hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Inland Fisheries Division began a new initiative to develop procedures for establishing diverse native aquatic plant communities. Establishment techniques were tested in seven reservoirs representing diverse geographical areas...

Year
2008

Comparison of Single-cod and Dual-cod Trap Nets for Sampling Crappie in Texas Reservoirs

Fisheries Outstanding Technical Paper

Shoreline-set single-cod trap nets are the standard gear used by Texas Parks and Wildlife to assess crappie (Pomoxis spp) populations. In some reservoirs, standardized trap net catch is too low to provide the desired information. In 2006, we compared offshore-set dual-cod trap nets to shoreline-set single-cod and offshore-set single-cod trap nets in ten Texas reservoirs. Catch rates of shoreline-set single-cod trap nets (13.4 fish per net night; F/NN) were similar to each end of the offshore-set dual-cod trap nets (27.1 F/NN when both cod-ends were summed) and all were statistically...

Year
2008

Assessment of a 178-mm Minimum Length Limit on Bluegill at Purtis Creek State Park Lake, Texas

We compared relative abundance, size distribution, growth, and harvest of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) before and after implementation of a 178-mm minimum length limit at 144-ha Purtis Creek State Park Lake (PCSPL), Texas. Relative abundance [catch/hour of electrofishing (CPUE)] was significantly lower in post-regulation years (1993-1995, 243/hour) than in pre-regulation years (1990-1992, 520/hour). However, this decline was likely more attributed to recruitment patterns than to regulation effects. There was no significant difference (P = 0.18) between pre- and post-regulation bluegill...

Year
2001

Hooking Mortality of Channel Catfish Caught by Trotline

Fisheries Outstanding Technical Paper

We assessed trotline hooking mortality of channel catfish (lctalurus punctatus) at Lake Palestine, Texas, from June through September 1989. Our objective was to estimate trotline hooking mortality of channel catfish using 3 hook types and identify factors relating to that mortality. Fish collected by trotline were confined for 72 hours in submerged cages. We examined relations between percent mortality and hook type, water temperature, and oxygen concentration using logistic analysis. A total of 214 channel catfish were collected by trotline; 40 (19%) were dead at the end of the 72 hour...

Year
1991

Cost/Benefit of Stocking Trout in a Small Texas Impoundment

Winter stockings of rainbow trout (Salmo gairdneri) in a small (26.3 ha) state park lake were evaluated to determine cost effectiveness of this fishery management technique. A creel survey was conducted to measure fishing pressure and harvest. benefits, in terms of increased hours of fishing provided, increased weight of fish harvested, and increased park entrance revenue, were substantially higher than the cost of stocking.

Year
1985

The Striped Bass X White Bass Hybrid in West Point Reservoir

The striped bass (9) white bass (d') hybrid (Monroe saxatilis X chrysops) was fIrst stocked into West Point Reservoir in May of 1978. Fishermen interviews established that a fIshery had developed as early as January of 1979. The hybrid bass were stocked at 2 rates over the period of study, 84 mixed fry and fingerlings per hectare in 1978 and 150 mixed fry and fingerlings per hectare in 1979. Fish in the 1979 year class had a mean length at annulus 1 which was 48 mm greater than those stocked in 1978; threadfin shad (Dorosoma petenense) made up most of the diet, and increased growth in 1979...

Year
1981