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Fisheries Management in Public Waters

Fisheries Resource Studies

To determine what actions are needed to protect freshwater aquatic habitats and to enhance recreational fishing activities, it is critical that the Section understand and evaluate what is occurring in these habitats. Detection of such things as pollution impacts, overharvest of fish species, current sport fish population levels, reservoir water level fluctuation impacts on fish, etc. is needed.

For example, annual sampling of the sport fish populations in all major reservoirs and five rivers, which began in 1987, has made it possible for biologists to look for trends and to give anglers a forecast of future fishing opportunities in their favorite water bodies. Many important studies, such as the effect of water levels on walleye populations in Lake Burton, and the documentation of the impacts of the spread of flathead catfish populations in Georgia, have been conducted. This program accounts for about 8% of the Section's annual expenditures.

See the results of some completed fisheries resource studies - link to abstracts and study documents (in PDF format).

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