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Squam Lakes Tagged Bass Movement Study

The first part of the Squam Lakes bass movement study has been completed.  A second study is slated to begin in October when more bass caught in Big Squam Lake during a tournament will be weighed-in, tagged, and released in Little Squam Lake.  The second study will be different from the first in that fish will be relocated in fall versus summer and the capture location of bass will be recorded.

 

 

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Summary of First Tagging Study (August 10, 2014 to December 31, 2015):

 

Percentage of bass that returned to Big Squam Lake was 61% for Smallmouth Bass and 60% for Largemouth Bass.  Smallmouth Bass that returned to Big Squam Lake took 8 to 349 days (median = 17 days) and 93% of returning fish returned within 24 days of tournament displacement.  Largemouth Bass that returned to Big Squam Lake took 4 to 47 days (median = 23 days) and 67% of returning fish returned within 24 days of tournament displacement.  Number of days it took bass to return to Big Squam Lake did not differ significantly between species.  Tagged bass did not move between lakes when water temperatures were < 9 °C. 

 

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March 18, 2016 to May 2, 2016:

 

One largemouth bass was detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between March 18, 2016 and May 2, 2016.  This bass had previously been detected in the channel.  The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, remains at 24.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam.  Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Boat radio tracking was not performed in Big Squam.  The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 20.

  

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December 4, 2015 to March 18, 2016:

 

No bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between December 4, 2015 and March 18, 2016. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, remains at 24.   

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam. 

Boat radio tracking was not performed in Big Squam.  The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 20.

 

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October 27 to December 4, 2015:

 

No bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between October 27 and December 4. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, remains at 24.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Boat radio tracking was not performed in Big Squam. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 20.


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October 2 to October 27, 2015:

 

One smallmouth bass was detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between October 2 and October 27.  This bass had previously been detected in the channel.  The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, remains at 24.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam.  Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Boat radio tracking was not performed in Big Squam.  The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 20.

 

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September 2 to October 2, 2015:

 

No bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between September 2 and October 2. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, remains at 24.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Boat radio tracking was not performed in Big Squam. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 20.

 

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August 12 to September 2, 2015:

 

No bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between August 12 and September 2. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, remains at 24.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Boat radio tracking was not performed in Big Squam. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 20.


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July 21 to August 12, 2015:

 

One largemouth bass and one smallmouth bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between July 21 and August 12.  The largemouth bass had been detected in the channel before.  The smallmouth bass had not been detected in the channel before.  The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014, increased to 24.

  
While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam.  Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam. 


Boat radio tracking was performed in Big Squam on August 13.  Ten bass were located in Big Squam that had previously been detected there.  One smallmouth bass was detected in Big Squam that had not been detected there before.  The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam increased to 20.

 

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June 22 to July 21, 2015:

 

One largemouth bass was detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between June 22 and July 21. This bass had been detected in the channel before. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10, 2014 remains at 23.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Boat radio tracking was performed in Big Squam on July 9. Three bass were located in Big Squam that had previously been detected there previously. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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June 2 to June 22, 2015:

 

Three largemouth bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between June 2 and June 22. It is likely some of this movement was related to the bass spawning season. One largemouth bass was detected in the channel on a single day, one largemouth bass was detected on three different days, and one largemouth bass was detected on five different days. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10 is 23.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

Boat radio tracking was performed in Big Squam on June 22. Three bass were located in Big Squam that had previously been detected there in 2014. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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May 14 to June 2, 2015:

 

Six largemouth bass and two smallmouth bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between May 14th and June 2nd. It is likely much of this movement was related to the bass spawning season. Four of the bass (two smallmouth and two largemouth) were detected in the channel on a single day. One largemouth bass was detected in the channel on two different days, two largemouth bass were detected on four different days, and one largemouth bass was detected on nine different days. One of the largemouth bass detected in the channel was located three days before at a location in the lower river outlet leading out of Little Squam. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th is 23.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

No boat radio tracking was performed on Big Squam between May 14th and June 2nd. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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March 27 to May 14, 2015:

 

Two largemouth bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between March 27 and May 14. One of these fish had moved into Big Squam on September 26, 2014, and was detected in the channel again on May 2, 2015. This fish was located on May 14, 2015 in Little Squam. The other bass was detected in the channel on May 13, 2015 and was located on May 14, 2015 in Little Squam, indicating that it had not moved into Big Squam. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10 is 23. Please note that three of these 23 fish detected in the channel were later located in Little Squam, indicating they had not moved into Big Squam.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

No boat radio tracking was performed on Big Squam between March 27 and May 14. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015:

 

No bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between January 5th and March 27th. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th remains at 22. Please note that one of these 22 fish, a largemouth bass, was detected in the channel on September 15th and was detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat and to date has not been detected in the channel again.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

No boat radio tracking was performed between January 5th and March 27th. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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November 25, 2014 to January 5, 2015:

 

No bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between November 24th and January 5th. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th remains at 22. Please note that one of these 22 fish, a largemouth bass, was detected in the channel on September 15th and was detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat and to date has not been detected in the channel again.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

No boat radio tracking was performed between November 24th and January 5th. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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October 25 to November 24, 2014:

 

Two largemouth bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between October 25th and November 24th. One bass, which had previously been detected in the channel, was caught by a tournament angler on October 19th in Big Squam and weighed-in and released in Little Squam. This fish was detected in the channel again on October 25th. The other bass was detected in the channel on two consecutive days and had not previously been detected in the channel. This brings the total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th to 22. Please note that one of these 22 fish, a largemouth bass, was detected in the channel on September 15th and was detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat and to date has not been detected in the channel again.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

No boat radio tracking was performed between October 25th and November 24th. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 19.

 

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October 14-24, 2014:

 

One smallmouth bass was detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver on two different days between October 14th and October 24th. This bass had previously been detected in the channel. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th remains at 21. Please note that one of these 21 fish, a largemouth bass, was detected in the channel on September 15th and was detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat and to date has not been detected in the channel again.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

A new bass (largemouth) that had previously been detected in the channel was verified to have moved into Big Squam after being caught by a bass tournament angler in Big Squam. This brings the total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam to 19.

 

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September 27-October 13, 2014:

 

One smallmouth bass was detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver on two different days between September 27th and October 13th. This bass had previously been detected in the channel. The total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th remains at 21. Please note a largemouth bass that was detected in the channel on September 15th was detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat and to date has not been detected in the channel again.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

A portion of Big Squam was surveyed by boat on October 13th using a portable radio antenna/receiver. No new bass that had previously been detected in the channel were verified to have moved into Big Squam. The total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam remains at 18.

 

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September 16-26, 2014:

 

One largemouth bass was detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between September 16th and September 26th. This brings the total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th to 21. Please note a largemouth bass that was detected in the channel on September 15th was detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat and to date has not been detected in the channel again.

 

While likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

A portion of Big Squam was surveyed by boat on September 26th using a portable radio antenna/receiver. Two new bass that had previously been detected in the channel were verified to have moved into Big Squam. Both of these fish were largemouth bass. This brings the total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam to 18.

 

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September 11-15, 2014

 

Three different bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between September 11th and September 15th. Two of these were largemouth bass and one was a smallmouth bass. One of the bass (a smallmouth) had previously been detected in the channel before September 11th. One of the largemouth was detected in the channel on September 15th and detected in Little Squam one hour later by boat. This brings the total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th to 20.

 

Please note, that while likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

A portion of Big Squam was surveyed by boat on September 15th using a portable radio antenna/receiver. Six new bass that had previously been detected in the channel were verified to have moved into Big Squam. One of these bass was a largemouth and five were smallmouth. This brings the total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam to 16.

 

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August 30 - September 10, 2014

 

Five different bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between August 30th and September 10th. Two of these were largemouth bass and three were smallmouth bass. One of the bass (a smallmouth) had previously been detected in the channel before August 30th. This brings the total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th to 18.

 

Please note, that while likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

A portion of Big Squam was surveyed by boat on September 10th using a portable radio antenna/receiver. Five new bass that had previously been detected in the channel were verified to have moved into Big Squam. Two of these bass were largemouth and three were smallmouth. This brings the total number of different tagged bass verified as having moved into Big Squam to 10.

 

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August 23 -29, 2014:

 

Eleven different bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between August 23rd and August 29th. Three of these were largemouth bass and eight were smallmouth bass. Three of the bass (two largemouth and one smallmouth) had previously been detected in the channel before August 23rd. This brings the total number of different tagged bass detected in the channel since being tagged on August 10th to 14.

 

Please note, that while likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

A portion of Big Squam was surveyed by boat on August 29th using a portable radio antenna/receiver. Five bass that had previously been detected in the channel were verified to have moved into Big Squam. All five bass were smallmouth.

 

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August 13-August 22, 2014:

 

Six different bass were detected in the Squam Channel by the permanent radio antenna/receiver between August 13th and August 22nd. Two of these were largemouth bass, and four were smallmouth bass. The first bass to reach the channel was a largemouth and was detected on August 13th, only three days after being tagged.

 

Please note, that while likely, detection of a bass in the channel does not guarantee that fish continued past the antenna and moved all the way into Big Squam. Manual radio tracking using a boat is being used to verify that tagged bass moved all the way into Big Squam.

 

Please continue to inform other anglers about this study; two tagged bass have already been kept by anglers.

 

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August 12, 2014:


A portable receiver, antenna, and boat were used to determine if tagged bass had begun to move away from the location where they were released on August 10th. Ten tagged bass were detected and, while all were still located in the general release area, they had started to move away from the specific release site.

 

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August 10, 2014:


Seven NH Fish and Game Inland Fisheries Division staff attended the NH B.A.S.S. Nation Open weigh-in. Anglers fished Big Squam Lake and weighed-in on Little Squam Lake.

 

After each angler weighed-in their fish, bass were selected from their bag and held in large oxygenated tanks with cool water until being tagged. Ten largemouth and 23 smallmouth bass were tagged (33 bass total). After being allowed to recover, bass were released off-shore in deeper water in Little Squam. The weigh-in started at 3:30 pm and bass were released at 7:00 pm.

 

The NH Fish and Game Department would like to extend a very sincere €œthank you€ to Cottage Place (cottageplaceonsquam.com) for allowing us to utilize their property for this tagging. We also wish to acknowledge the support and partnership provided by NH B.A.S.S. Nation, which provided the funding to purchase the radio tags, antenna and receiver for this study, as well as support from the Squam Lakes Association and the boathouse owners.

 

Data from the receiver in the Squam Channel will be downloaded once a week to determine if tagged bass have moved back into Big Squam Lake.