*Please keep in mind that this analysis is still under development. New ways to rate fish populations will be added. This will mean the overall ratings explained below will change slightly.
The goal of these techniques is to give an overall look at the health and structure of fish populations.Currently the analysis focuses on largemouth bass (aka LMB). The data for the analysis is collected for each lake during spring electrofishing surveys and represent the number of fish collected in one hour of electrofishing. Currently, the analysis is based on population parameters related to population size structure. In other words, the analysis focuses on how many and how big fish are.
The parameters listed below are rated for each lake for each year of data based on the following table. The score of each parameter can range from 1 to 4 (1 = Poor, 2 = Fair, 3 = Good, 4 = Excellent). For example, if 25 bass sized 12-14.9 inches are collected per hour, it would receive a 2 or a FAIR rating.
- Number of Bass 12.0 to 14.9 Inches
- Number of Bass 15 inches and Longer
- Number of Bass 20 inches and Longer