The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency invites the public to attend a meeting to learn about the results of a recent smallmouth bass tagging study performed on South Holston Lake.
According to Fisheries Biologist John Hammonds, the study was conducted in January and February 2017. In order to mimic a real world scenario, volunteer anglers caught the fish out of water deeper than 30 feet. Fisheries crews then attached sonic tags to the fish, which transmit an ultrasonic sound signal that can be tracked underwater with specialized equipment. “We were trying to determine the effects of catch and release smallmouth bass fishing in water deeper than 30-feet,” said Mr. Hammonds. “Preliminary results showed little to no long term effects from the angling. We also tracked the fish for about three weeks and found that most of the fish stayed near where they were released.”
The meeting will be held in the Uncle Buck's Restaurant Meeting Room of Bass Pro Shops in Bristol at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3.