Behaviour of walleye, sander vitreus, and largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, exposed to different wave intensities and boat operating conditions during livewell confinement

Cory D. Suski, S. J. Cooke, S. S. Killen, D. H. Wahl, D. P. Philipp, B. L. Tufts

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

During live-release angling tournaments in North America, fish are typically retained in livewells onboard boats during the angling day. Mortality of fish occurs at some tournaments, and wave intensities and livewell conditions may influence mortality levels. This study used two species of fish targeted in live-release angling tournaments in North America (largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides L. and walleye Sander vitreus L.) to quantify the response(s) of fish in livewells to different wave treatments. Video analyses revealed that large-mouth bass were active during low intensity disturbances, but during violent boat movements tended to settle to the bottom of the livewell and orient to face the direction of the disturbance. Walleye were less active than bass for all treatments, and additionally did not orient to face the direction of disturbance, consequently contacting the side of the livewell during boat rocking. These results are considered in the context of mortality at live-release tournaments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalFisheries Management and Ecology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activity
  • Behaviour
  • Largemouth bass
  • Livewell
  • Tournament
  • Videography
  • Walleye

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Behaviour of walleye, sander vitreus, and largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides, exposed to different wave intensities and boat operating conditions during livewell confinement'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this