The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission completed its 2001 electrofishing survey of striped bass in the Delaware Estuary on May 18. Striped bass were collected from 21 sites between Rancocas Creek, New Jersey and the Commodore Barry Bridge and at the base of Fairmount Dam on the Schuylkill River.
Eight days of electrofishing resulted in the total catch of 596 striped bass between 4 and 43 inches long and weighing up to 41 pounds. This equaled the previous highest catch of striped bass, which occurred in 1997. Pink United States Fish and Wildlife Service tags were inserted into 479 of the striped bass collected during this year's survey (see photo at right). The information gathered from anglers who report catching a tagged striped bass to the toll free phone number listed on the tag allow biologists to monitor striped bass movement and estimate their annual mortality.
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