Nevada DOW Asks Anglers to Release Striped Bass with Red Tags

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The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is asking Lake Mead anglers who catch striped bass with red tags to immediately release them. Stripers with red tags are part of a study the department hopes will shed light on the fish’s movement patterns and help them identify their preferred habitat within the Lake Mead ecosystem.

red_floy_tag“One of our objectives is to provide anglers with information that will help them locate new fishing areas and give them an understanding of what to look for when trying to locate a school of striped bass,” said Debora Herndon, NDOW fisheries biologist.

On Dec. 2, NDOW fisheries biologists released 19 striped bass that carry surgically implanted sonic transmitters.  These transmitters emit a signal that biologists can track using telemetry equipment. Biologists plan to complete weekly status checks on the fish in order to determine the fishes’ location at the time and by so doing identify their habitat of choice.

Anglers will recognize a fish that is part of the study by the red Floy tag that is attached alongside its dorsal fin. Anyone who happens to catch one of these fish is encouraged to record the location where they caught the fish, including the GPS coordinates if they have the ability to do so, and the time of day. This information can be reported by calling Herndon at 702-486-6740.

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