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2007 spring sportfish survey results

It’s all there: the catch rates, the largest black bass collected, the reservoir with the most smallmouth, information on fish health, and much, much more.

Twenty-one Tennessee River reservoirs were sampled by TVA electrofishing crews in the 2007 spring sportfish survey. A summary of results is available online, as well as a listing of top reservoirs in each category. You can also view tables of sportfish survey results for individual reservoirs.

TVA invites anglers to ride along on the electrofishing boats to see the sampling take place, and according to Fisheries Biologist Donny Lowery, that’s a win/win proposition: “The anglers find it interesting to watch how we do it and are often surprised at the results we get. In turn, TVA gets to facilitate a greater understanding of the resource on the part of an important group of stakeholders.”

The sampling consists of twelve 30-minute electrofishing runs parallel to the shoreline in various habitat types. An electric current is used to temporarily stun the fish so that they float to the surface, where they are collected by TVA crews. The fish are then weighed, measured, and released.

Check the schedule for the 2008 survey if you’d be interested in observing the process.


Guntersville named as one of America’s “Top Fishing Towns”

It comes as no surprise to Valley anglers, but this makes it official. Field & Stream magazine has just included Guntersville, Alabama on their list of the 20 Best Fishing Towns in America.

photo of fishermenFeatured in a select group of locations that offer prime opportunities for all types of sportfishing, Guntersville is touted by the magazine’s editors as “The Bass Fishing Mecca.” Their professional evaluation included the opinion that “Lake Guntersville is to bass fishing what Augusta National is to golf.” Field & Stream ranked each town based on criteria such as costs, attractions, seasons, and—most importantly—fishing action. The editors concluded, “If ever there were a classic ‘bass town,’ Guntersville is it.”


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