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Title:Factors Influencing Largemouth Bass Recruitment: Implications for the Illinois Management and Stocking Program
Author(s):Diana, Matthew J.; Nannini, Michael J.; Pope, Aloah J.; DeBoom, Corey S.; Mulhollem, Joshua; Philipp, David P.; Wahl, David H.
Subject(s):largemouth bass
vegetation management
life history
reproduction ecology
tournament angling
Division of Fisheries, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Abstract:The goal of this study is to develop management strategies that maximize growth, recruitment, and harvest of largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides in Illinois impoundments. Largemouth bass are frequently stocked in many Illinois impoundments to compensate for variable recruitment. Even so, the long-term contribution of stocked fish to recruitment and harvest of natural bass populations is unknown and we are addressing these questions. In addition, information on the importance of rearing technique, size of stocked fish, forage base, cover, resident predators, physical-chemical conditions, and stocking stress in determining largemouth bass stocking success is needed to optimize use of hatchery produced fish. Because stocking is only one of several management options for this species, it is critical that additional information on factors limiting recruitment processes be identified.
Issue Date:2010-10-07
Publisher:Illinois Natural History Survey, Institute of Natural Resources Sustainability, University of Illinois
Series/Report:Illinois Natural History Survey Technical Report INHS 2010 (42)
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Division of Fisheries, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Federal Aid Project F-135-R-12
Rights Information:This document is a product of the Illinois Natural History Survey, Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability, University of Illinois. It is intended solely for noncommercial research and educational use, and proper attribution is requested.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-01-03

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