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Walleye Sampling


Bradford, Wyoming, Luzerne and Columbia Counties
October 2003

Commission staff recently completed their annual assessment of young of the year walleye in the North Branch Susquehanna River. The catch rate (number of fish caught per hour of electrofishing) was 19, well below the 8 year average of 65 per hour. Although the numbers of young of the year was low the catch of legal size walleye was the highest recorded over the past 8 years. The majority of the adults were from the 1999 and 2001 year classes, years when the young of the year catch rates exceeded 100 per hour. Walleye anglers can expect excellent fishing this fall and next year but should be prepared for a slow down in the action for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In addition to the walleye that were caught a number of northern pike, smallmouth bass and rock bass were also observed..

Nice walleye from Wysox area
Nice walleye from Wysox area

Young-of-year walleye
Young-of-year walleye

Very nice rock bass (about 10 inches in length)
Very nice rock bass (about 10 inches in length)

-- Area 4


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