TVA’s 2001 Fish Survey

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Posted by Kerry Grissett on April 12, 2001 at 01:25:57:

TVA's 2001 Fish Survey

TVA is enlisting the help of local anglers to conduct its annual fish survey, which
helps determine the number, age, and general health of black bass in reservoirs
throughout the Tennessee Valley. The 2001 survey runs from March 20 through
June 7.

The results of the survey, which uses a fish-sampling technique called catch
depletion, are used by state agencies to protect and improve sport fisheries.

Volunteers fish for one hour in selected coves that have been blocked off with a
net. Then TVA biologists use electrofishing equipment to catch, or deplete, the
remaining fish in the cove. In that process an electric current is used to
temporarily stun the fish so they float to the top. They’re collected with nets,
counted, weighed, measured, and released unharmed outside the cove. The cove
returns to normal within hours after the net is removed.

To participate, call TVA at 256-386-2729 (Alabama) or 865-632-1721 (Tennessee),
or send an e-mail to (attn. Ginger Seeber). Here’s the schedule
for the remaining dates in this year’s survey:

Boat Ramp
April 9
Honeycomb Creek

April 10
Short Creek

April 11
Scottsboro City Park

April 12
Mud Creek
Cedar Creek/
Little Bear Creek
(special project)
April 17
Cedar Creek Dam

April 18
Little Bear Creek Dam
Fort Loudoun
April 24
Yarberry Peninsula

April 25
Concord Park

April 26
Carl Cowan Park (two sites)
April 30
Second Creek

May 1
Second Creek

May 2
First Creek

May 3
First Creek
May 7
Pickwick State Park

May 8
Yellow Creek
May 9
Lock Six

May 10
Lock Six
May 15
Boone Dam
May 16
Swann’s Marina (two sites)

May 17
Douglas Dam (two sites)
May 22
Grasshopper Creek

May 23
Skull Island

May 24
Booker T. Washington
Melton Hill
May 30
Carbide Park
May 31
Marion County Park
June 4
Barton Springs

June 5
Barton Springs
Tims Ford
June 6
Devil’s Step

June 7
Estill Springs

Note: The schedule is subject to change.

TVA sampling teams will leave the designated boat ramp at 7:30 a.m. each day and
return around 3 p.m., give or take two hours. Participants may ride in a TVA boat
if they bring their own life jacket, or they may follow in their own boat.

The volunteer anglers will pre-fish sites from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. TVA team
members will be happy to return participants to the boat ramp at any time during
the day. Those staying all day should bring their own lunch. A cooler with ice will
be available for drinks.

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