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North Branch Susquehanna River

YOY Walleye 2006


Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission biologists recently completed our annual assessment of walleye reproduction in the North Branch Susquehanna River. This years catch rate of young-of-the-year walleye was 14 per hour, which was well below the 12 year average of 61 per hour. Nevertheless, strong year classes produced in 1999 and 2001 continue to provide quality fishing for large walleye, and a strong year class produced in 2005 should be reaching legal size in 2007 and 2008.

We also saw good numbers of smallmouth bass and northern pike during this work.

Chart showing catch rates of YOY walleye

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

25 inch adult walleye
25 inch adult walleye

Northern pike
Fisheries Technician Daryl Pierce with a 28 inch northern pike
Smallmouth bass
Area 5 Fisheries Manager Dave Arnold with a 19 inch smallmouth bass
 
-- Rob Wnuk, Area 4 Fisheries Manager

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