Lower Susquehanna River
During the annual smallmouth bass electrofishing survey, the biologists have routinely taken the opportunity to collect walleye that are caught in the electrofishing field. Although smallmouth bass sampling has required field personnel to be on the river earlier than preferred for the most efficient walleye sampling, PFBC biologists have handled 1,751 walleye since 1987. The majority (56%) of these fish have been between 8 and 10 inches long. Legal length (15 inches) walleye have comprised 10% of the catch since 1987 while walleye 18 inches and longer have comprised only 2% of the catch.
Clearly the Susquehanna River is capable of producing walleye 18 inches long or longer as fish up to 25 inches have been collected. As was true with the smallmouth bass population prior to establishment of the 15 inch length limit in 1993, it is highly probable that the low number of walleye 18 inches long and longer in the river is a direct result of angler harvest.
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