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Young-of-the-Year Walleye Sample

Northeast PA
October 2004

Commission biologist recently completed their annual assessment of young-of-the-year walleye production in the North Branch Susquehanna River. Electrofishing catch rates have been variable over the past 8 years ranging from a high of 202 per hour in 1999 to 1 per hour in 2000. This years catch rate was 39 per hour, which was an improvement over the two previous years.

Graph showing young-of-the-year walleye catches 1995-2004

Anglers have experienced excellent fishing for walleye over the past several years, the results of the exceptional 1999 and 2001-year classes. These surveys have proven to be an effective predictor of what anglers can expect in the future. The forecast for 2005 and 2006 is a decline in angler catch rates as the weaker than normal 2002 and 2003 year classes enter the fishery.

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

In addition to the young-of-the-year walleye a number of adult walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass were captured.

16” northern pike
16 inch northern pike

18 inch smallmouth bass
18 inch smallmouth bass

28 inch northern pike
28 inch northern pike

 
-- Bob Moase, Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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