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Wednesday, November 4 • 8:00am - 8:20am
Comparison of Growth of Selectively Bred and Resident Largemouth Bass in Texas Reservoirs

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Michael S. Baird*, Timothy J. Bister, Mukhtar A. Farooqi, Thomas J. Hungerford, J. Warren Schlechte, Dijar J. Lutz-Carrillo, Juan G. Martinez – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) began the ShareLunker program in 1986 to promote public involvement in the management of trophy Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides (LMB) fisheries in Texas. The program provides anglers an opportunity to donate trophy LMB (≥ 5.9 kg) to a selective breeding and stocking program managed by TPWD, with the goal of increasing the production of trophy-sized fish in Texas reservoirs. Although the program was known to be successful at promoting trophy LMB fishing in Texas, it was not known whether the selective breeding results in a growth advantage and subsequent increase in the likelihood of producing trophy-sized LMB. We assessed the efficacy of the ShareLunker program by comparing the mean growth of stocked ShareLunker offspring with naturally-produced resident LMB offspring in six reservoirs at age-4. ShareLunker offspring were significantly heavier than resident cohorts (1.2 kg versus 1.0 kg, respectively), but not significantly longer. Our results suggest that the stocking of selectively bred LMB may be an effective tool to enhance trophy LMB production in stocked populations. Key words: Largemouth Bass, Florida genetics, age and growth, selective breeding

Wednesday November 4, 2015 8:00am - 8:20am EST
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