- Nov 10, 2006
I had not searched the PFBC biologist reports for a while, so maybe some of you have already seen this. One highlight is the tag return info. Harvest info comes from over 900 Pa tag returns since 1995 and the break-down of harvest vs fish C&R’d by state is quite interesting. Note that the harvest rate in Pa is lowest despite our spring harvestable slot, which focuses any harvest primarily on males, which you can see from the electrofishing catch by size group and sex. I have no concerns about our already conservative regs and the bar graphs put that comment in context. Plus, the period of legal striped bass availability is short given the April/May slot and the migratory behavior of the species in Pa. Most bigger fish, those 28” and longer, are here and gone in a two month period with only relatively few continuing up river for the summer. I still have concerns about live-lining whole fish as a fishing technique, however, despite the required use of circle hooks. Finally, the rate of travel by one fish and a fish recovered five yrs later at the base of Conowingo Dam were also interesting.