Early Spring 2015 GA\Lanier Striper update!

Early Spring 2015 Update on GA\Lake Lanier Stripers

GA DNR/WRD fisheries biologists and technicians are in the middle of their busy season in terms of the morone program used to stock GA reservoirs with striped and hybrid bass.  Earlier in March female white bass were collected on the Coosa River basin while male striped bass were collected from Lake Lanier.  These two species will be used to create hybrid striped bass.  These fish have been “squeezed” and the eggs have hatched and the fry have been distributed to 3 of the states warm water hatcheries.  All hybrid and striped bass fry are hatched at the Richmond Hill hatchery.  From there the fry are distributed to numerous “grow out” ponds located at these hatcheries.   All Atlantic strain striper (those stocked in all North GA lakes) are grown out at either the Richmond Hill, Bowen Mill or McDuffie hatcheries.  If I am not mistaken the Walton hatchery has been used to grow a small number of Atlantic strain, while the Cordele and Dawson (Steve Cocke) hatcheries are used to produce the Gulf strain of striped bass.   The Gulf are stocked on the Chattahoochee River impoundments starting somewhere below Lake Harding, while all other GA impoundments get the Atlantic strain.

 The Lanier Striped Bass Coalition, Oakwood Striper Club and Lanier Striped Club recognized the local fisheries office for their outstanding work over the years and for having  an open ear when it comes to our concerns on the Lanier striped fishery. The partnership between WRD and the LSBC has been excellent. Both organizations are very pleased with the results.

WRD Lake Lanier Fisheries Personnel

Chris, Patrick and Reggie!

 

So far in 2015 The LSBC has completed donations of the following equipment to the Bowen Mill Hatchery: A seine net to harvest striper fingerings from the grow out ponds, 4 ultra-fine pore diffusers used in the haul tank and a Honda 1.5HP water pump used to temper the water in the hauling tank carrying the fingerlings to the various lakes around the state.

The LSBC is in the process of donating 3 Hauling Box Vertical Aerators for the 900 Gallon stocking tank that many organizations pooled resources together for to purchase in 2012. The new tank was using older aerators that were at the end of their useful life.

Stocking Tank for Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery

Stocking Tank for Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery

The process of producing stripers is GA is as follows: Collect brood stock and transported to Richmond Hill for spawning.  Fry are hatched at Richmond and transported to growing ponds at one of the 3 previously mentioned warm water hatcheries.  Fingerlings are then harvested from the ponds and transported to the local hatchery house to be counted and become  acclimated to conditions outside of the ponds they were reared in. The fingerlings are then loaded up again for final transport to the various lakes and the process is complete.   Most striper fry/fingerling get transported 3 times, this is why good transport equipment is so important to the success of the program.  A strong healthy stocked fish is essential to get good survival or high recruitment.  This is what ultimately gives us anglers more striped bass to catch.

The hybrid’s currently growing in the ponds will be done soon and male and females striped will be bought to Richmond Hill to be spawned into fry and distributed to the various growing ponds.  We should start seeing these fish stocked in Lanier sometime during the middle of May.

Richmond Hill is in the process of getting a new Hatchery House constructed that is expected to be completed by spring of 2017 and now that the states morone transport system has been improved, the LSBC will be looking to get some upgrades for the existing hatchery house that can also easily be move to the new hatchery house in 2017 to help ensure the strongest fry/fingerlings possible.

 

North Georgia Region Fisheries of WRD/DNR to Receive Outstanding Achievement Award

Lake Lanier Striped Bass Community Presents GA WRD/DNR North Georgia Region Fisheries Section  With OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Gainesville GA, 3/20/2015

The Lake Lanier Striper Club, Oakwood Striper Club & Lanier Striped Bass Coalition would like to recognize the North Georgia Region Fisheries Department of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division with an Outstanding Achievement Award.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by Mr. Bill Carson and take place at Cosa Nostra Restaurant, 212 Spring St. S.W., Gainesville, GA 30501 @ 7:00pm on Thursday March 26th 2015. Officers of the Lanier Striped Bass Coalition, Lanier Striper Club, Oakwood Striper Club, as well as other representatives of the Lake Lanier striped bass community will be present at the awards ceremony.

 “The North Georgia Region Fisheries Department has shown tremendously good stewardship of our natural resources, and it is our honor to present this award on behalf of the Lake Lanier Striped Bass Coalition. Their efforts not only protect our current striped bass population, but are ensuring that our kids and grandkids will get to enjoy the same great fishing environment we do today,” said Mr. Carson and Mr. Maddalena of the LSBC in a joint statement

Oct 2014 WRD/DNR Update on Lanier Stripers!

Oct 2014 WRD/DNR Update on Lake Lanier Stripers

At the October 2014 Lake Lanier Striper Club   meeting Patrick and Chris from the Fisheries Department of The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resource Division presented data on the survivability of recent striper fry stockings, along with measures they are taking to increase the recruitment of the striper fry. Recruitment is the measurement of a year classes survival. We want high recruitment!!

In 2011 we had a very large stocking and as far as can be determined by electro-shocking, gill net surveys and angler surveys recruitment was high and we have many fish from this year class.  2012 was a poor year for striper “farming” and the state’s hatcheries had a difficult time producing striper fry, so Lanier stocking numbers were fairly low, but again recruitment seems to have been VERY high.  2013 was a typical stocking year and all indications are that once again recruitment was very good. Striped Bass Anglers report very good numbers of smaller fish which supports the data supplied by WRD.  Though too early to tell 2014 stock was in the normal 10 fish per acre range.

Two of the measures WRD is taking to improve recruitment are trolling potential stocking locations with a plankton net to determine which locations have the most food available for the newly stocked striper fry and putting 100 striper fry from each stocking location into holding net’s and checking on them in 24 hours.  This allows WRD staff to determine if we received an unhealthy batch of fish from the hatcheries or not.  If a “bad”  batch is discovered they can request additional fish to make up for “bad” batch.

Lake Lanier Temperature / Dissolved Oxygen report for August 2014

August 2014 Lake Lanier Temp / DO report

Here are the Temp/DO reports for Lake Lanier from August 2014,  provided by the GA WRD/DNR.

Remember stripers over 6 lbs or so prefer water temps from the mid 50’s to the mid 60’s with a dissolved oxygen level of 4-5 parts per million (ppm) or higher.  The striper can live with DO as low as 2, but they will be “out of breath” and not be very active.

We hope the inclusion of sampling the mouth of Flowery Branch will be continued during Sept and Oct’s sampling.  It great to have an additional data point available.

Water quaility above Browns Bridge is poor.  There is a thin band of high quailty water @ Browns Bridge, with a wide band of marginal quality available. The water quaility is very good at the mouth of Flowery branch, with distinct DO “bubble” forming.  It will be interesting to see how it continues to deveople.  Down at Burford Dam, water conditions are excellent from 35ft or so down to 120ft.

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Lanier August 14 DO

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Lake Lanier Temperature / Dissolved Oxygen report for July 2014

July 2014 Lake Lanier Temp / DO report

Here are the Temp/DO reports for Lake Lanier from  July 2014,  provided by the GA WRD/DNR.

Remember stripers over 6 lbs or so prefer water temps from the mid 50’s to the mid 60’s with a dissolved oxygen level of 4-5 parts per million (ppm) or higher.  The striper can live with DO as low as 2, but they will be “out of breath” and not be very active.

The DO levels are very good at almost all depths @ all samling locations, except below 60/70ft at Boling and Lanier  bridges..

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Lanier July 14 DO

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Lake Lanier Temperature / Dissolved Oxygen report for June 2014

June 2014 Lake Lanier TemP / DO report

Here are the Temp/DO reports for Lake Lanier from  June 2014,  provided by the GA WRD/DNR.

Remember stripers over 6 lbs or so prefer water temps from the mid 50’s to the mid 60’s with a dissolved oxygen level of 4-5 parts per million (ppm) or higher.  The striper can live with DO as low as 2, but they will be “out of breath” and not be very active.

Water quaility is very good everywhere, except the darkess,deepest depths of Boiling Bridge and Lanier Bridge.

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Lanier June 14 DO

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3rd Annual Spring Striper Scale collection!

April is Striper Scale Collection Month on Lanier!

The GA DNR/WRD has asked the Lanier Striped Bass Coalition and all other Lake Lanier Striper Anglers to collect as many as possible striped bass scale samples for study. The collection period will be the entire month of April 2014. The scales will be used to determine growth rates and year class recruitment. Performing the scale removal procedure is quite easy and is explained in the video below.  Scale sample collection envelopes and sample envelopes collection boxes will be located at Hammonds Fishing Center and OakWood Bait and Tackle.  The LSBC would like to thank Hammonds & Oakwood for thier assistance in this effort and all their support in previous efforts of the LSBC.

The Lanier Striped Bass Coalition will continue to work with both the stake holders of Lanier’s Striper Fishery and the GA WRD/DNR to do everything possible to ensure the best possible Lake Lanier striper fishery.

 

 

2nd Annual LSBC Striper Round UP

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2nd Annual LSBC Striper Round Up

Scale Collection Tournament

Saturday, April 27, 2013

6:30 a.m. – 3:00pm

Little Hall Park, Lake Lanier  

April is a scale collection month –Hammonds and Oakwood are collection centers. 

 

This is a Catch and Release fish scale and data collection tournament intended to provide the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with additional information that they have requested to assist with the management and improvement of the Lake Lanier Striped Bass Fishery. All entry fees collected for event will go to offset the cost of the tournament with any excess being rolled into the LSBC conservation fund to purchase much needed equipment for the DNR/WRD striper hatchery/stocking program.

Launch from anywhere on Lake Lanier or fish from the bank!

You can fish till whenever you want, but must be checked in by 3:00pm at Little Hall

There will be trophies for the First, Second, and Third places. There will be no cash awards for the tournament, but there will be prizes that will be awarded by random drawing of those that participated.

First place will be for the boat that catches, collects and releases the highest total number of individual striped bass (regardless of size).

Second place will be for the boat that catches the longest striped bass (regardless of the total number).

Third place will be for the boat that catches the shortest striped bass (regardless of the total number).

There will be a random drawing for ALL participants:

Entry Fee $25.00 per boat, includes LSBC Membership for the Team/Boat Capt.

Participants at all levels are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay prior to the tournament, you can pre-register online @ or at Oakwood B&T.  Registration the morning of the event will be available at Oakwood Bait and Tackle, Hammonds Fishing Center and Little Hall Park. To be eligible for the awards/prizes, registrants must be at the weigh-in at Little Hall Park and must have fished the event. Non-participation in the tournament will result in disqualification from prize eligibility.

First place will be determined by the total number of samples provided. Second and Third place (i.e. longest and shortest fish) require documentation via photo verification. So anglers will need to supply their own measuring stick and cell/digital camera for verification. Length will be measured to the 1/4” and rounded down for any measures not meeting a full ¼” increment (i.e. a 28 and 3/8” fish will be recorded as 28 and ¼”) . Images that do not show the full length of the fish from nose to tail or are not legible will not be accepted for eligibility for second or third place trophy consideration.  Any tie will be decided by coin toss.

The scale collection video can be found here

Online registration can be found here

The event “package” including rules can be found here

2013 WRD State of the Lake Lanier Striper Fishery Report

2013 WRD State of Lake Laneir Striper Fishery reports!

The meetings have taken place and here is the LSBC review of them, along with a portion of the presentation that GA DNR/WRD gave.  .

The Lanier Striped Bass Coalition in conjunction with the GA DNR/WRD and the Lanier & Oakwood Striper Clubs met on two separate occasions to discuss the state of the Striper Fishery on Lake Lanier. There was approximately a total attendance of 120 between the two meetings. The GA DNR/WRD was represented by Patrick O’Rouke and Chris Looney from the GA DNR/WRD. They presented an overview of the states fish hatchery system and explained how the whole process worked. This part presentation will be available on the LSBC website, on it’s own page. The LSBC will be visiting the hatchery this spring and we include that portion of their presentation with our post on the hatchery.

The part of the presentation concerning the specifics of Lake Lanier was an overview of the history of stocking and the subsequent sampling as to the effectiveness of the same. The evidence suggested that there are many factors influencing the effectiveness of the stocking that are not directly related to the number of fish stocked. The stocking numbers for the spring 2013 have not yet been established at the time of the meeting. The GA DNR/WRD is currently considering the possibility of alternate methods of stocking that may improve the survival of the Striped Bass stocked in the lake; as that would appear to have the greatest influence on the number of mature fish vs. increases in stocking numbers alone.

The most impressive information provided by the presentation was the impact of the data provided by the LSBC. Due to the poor results recorded by the spring shocking and the fall gill net studies; the information provided by the spring scale tournament, the fall scale collection, and the online angler survey; gave invaluable information to the state. The efforts of our members and the general public in these LSBC sponsored events/programs have provided the state with information that they would not have the resources to collect otherwise.  They estimated that it would have cost over $50,000 to collect the information that the LSBC programs have provided. This part presentation will is available below.

The LSBC is still working with the GA DNR/WRD on their “wish list” for the coming year; and hope to soon have an outline for our goals for 2013. We want to thank and congratulate all the members of the LSBC for being instrumental in providing this data to the state. We have all helped to create one of the most unique and detailed monitoring of a fishery that exists in the state and beyond.

We will soon be announcing details of our 2013 Striper Round-up (April 27th) and soliciting for renewal of memberships and encouraging new members to join.

Here is the DNR presentation!

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