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2005 Smallmouth Bass Production

Commission fisheries management personnel recently sampled 18 sites on the North Branch Susquehanna River to determine the relative numbers of young-of-the-year smallmouth bass. River flows had been relatively low and stable during this years spawning period, which has resulted in the production of good numbers of young smallmouth bass. In addition, the low flows and warm water have resulted in excellent growth rates with the majority of bass between 3 and 4 inches by the first week of July. The average catch rate for 2005 is the third highest recorded over the previous decade.

Low flows have lots of gravel exposed along the North Branch Susquehanna River at Wysox
Low flows have lots of gravel exposed along the North Branch Susquehanna River at Wysox

Young-of-the-year smallmouth bass
Young-of-the-year smallmouth bass

Catch rate of young smallmouth bass

 
-- Bob Moase, Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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