Anglers: Look for Tagged Bass when Fishing Lake Winnipesaukee in 2008

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CONCORD, N.H. — Anglers fishing Lake Winnipesaukee are being asked to watch for largemouth and smallmouth bass tagged as part of a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Warmwater Fisheries Management Program study. Data collected from tagged bass will allow biologists to examine bass movement after release from bass tournament weigh-ins held on Lake Winnipesaukee. The study began during the summer of 2007.

The tagged bass are identifiable by individually numbered yellow tags attached near the base of the bass’s dorsal fin (the fin along the top of the back; see photo at right. Tags look like a 2-inch piece of spaghetti and may be covered with algae, so look carefully.  DO NOT remove the tag from bass that are to be released.

The tags are printed with instructions requesting anglers to contact the N.H. Fish and Game Department with the following details:

  • Tag Number;
  • Location of Catch (GPS/general location) and release location (if fish was released);
  • Date bass was caught;
  • Whether bass was kept or released; and
  • Angler contact information (name, phone number).

“Angler captures of tagged bass will be the major source of information for this study, so please ask ALL anglers you know to be on the lookout for tagged bass when they fish Lake Winnipesaukee and send the N.H. Fish and Game Department the requested information when they do catch a tagged bass,” says Gabe Gries, Fisheries Biologist and Warmwater Program Project Leader.

For more information on the study and to report information from tagged bass, contact Gabe Gries, N.H. Fish and Game Region 4, 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH 03431; phone 603-352-9669; or email gabe [dot] gries [at] wildlife [dot] nh [dot] gov

More information and a data reporting form can also be found at: www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/fisheries_management/Bass_Movement_Study_2007.html.