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2005 YOY Walleye

Commission biologists 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 11 years ranging from a high of 202 per hour in 1999 to 1 per hour in 2000. This years catch rate was 130 per hour, which was the best year documented since 1999.

Chart of YOY walleye 1995-2005

Anglers can expect to see many more sub legal walleyes in their catches over the next year or two. During the October survey a number of the young walleye were already 8 to 10 inches and several anglers we spoke to indicated that they had been catching them while fishing for adult walleye. These surveys continue to be an effective predictor of what anglers can expect in the future. The forecast for 2006 and 2007 is an increase in angler catch rates with good numbers of fish just below the legal limit.

 
-- Bob Moase, Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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