Smallmouth bass population growing in Susquehanna River, catfish also abundant

A recent report by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission shows the smallmouth bass population in the Susquehanna River is growing. From Clemson Island to the Turnpike bridge near Highspire, 2018 had the fifth-highest catch rate since standardized surveys were initiated in this reach in 1990, according to the report.

The study was conducted Oct. 22-25 by biologists using nighttime electrofishing surveys targeting adult smallmouth bass at four historic sampling sites in the middle portion of the Susquehanna River. The smallmouth bass population has been on an upward trend, mainly thanks to reduced incidence of disease, which had caused mortality of young-of-year bass to varying degrees since 2005.

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