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June 9, 2009

Anglers - Look for Tagged Bass when Fishing Lake Winnipesaukee in 2009

CONCORD, N.H. -- Anglers fishing Lake Winnipesaukee are being asked to watch for largemouth and smallmouth bass tagged as part of a New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Warmwater Fisheries Management Program study. Data collected from tagged bass will allow biologists to examine bass movement after release from bass tournament weigh-ins held on Lake Winnipesaukee. This is the third year of the study.

"Angler captures of tagged bass are the major source of information for this study, so please ask ALL anglers you know to be on the lookout for tagged bass when they fish Lake Winnipesaukee and send the requested information to N.H. Fish and Game when they do catch a tagged bass," says Gabe Gries, Fisheries Biologist and Warmwater Program Project Leader.

"So far we have collected recapture information on 225 tagged bass.  Although most fish have been recaptured only once, there are some bass that have been recaptured two and even three times since being tagged," says Gries.  Information gathered so far indicates that fish released after bass tournament weigh-ins move as little as a few hundred yards to as far as twelve miles from their release location.  The average distance traveled by bass after release is approximately four miles. 

More information on this study and a data reporting from can be found at: www.fishnh.com/Fishing/fisheries_management/Bass_Movement_Study.html.

For more information on the study and to report information from tagged bass, contact Gabe Gries, N.H. Fish and Game Region 4, 15 Ash Brook Court, Keene, NH 03431; telephone 603-352-9669; or email gabe.gries@wildlife.nh.gov. 

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