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UT Tyler to Participate in Parks and Wildlife Study

October 21, 2013

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Division will begin a six-month study of the UT Tyler Harvey Lakes on Oct. 21.

This statewide study will help evaluate the success of the TPWD 9-inch Channel Catfish stocking program and determine whether or not stocking Harvey Lake is beneficial to our community and a good use of state funds.

The lake will be stocked with adipose fin-clipped channel catfish. Baited hoop nets will be used on a monthly basis to collect the stocked channel catfish.  Each specimen collected will be weighed and measured and examined for the clipped adipose fin to identify it as one of the fish in the study.  After examination the fish will be released alive.

Still cameras will be installed around the lake to record angling activity, not identities of anglers. Photographic angler counts will begin the actual day of stocking through Aug. 31, 2014.  The cameras will be on a timer and will be programmed to record images on the hour from daylight to dark at one-hour intervals based on the TPWD standard creel survey.

“We are only interested in how many anglers are fishing the lake and hopefully what their success is; we are not interested in who the anglers are. Even our standard face to face angler surveys, not using cameras, allow anglers to remain anonymous,” said Richard A. Ott Jr., TPWD management supervisor, Inland Fisheries District 3C.

The purpose of the 9-inch Channel Catfish stocking program is to provide anglers with an opportunity to catch Channel Catfish in small impoundments. If the stocked Channel Catfish are providing an extended period of opportunity for anglers to catch the fish by overcoming immediate, one to two weeks, angler harvest or if there is natural survival past six months, the program would be deemed successful.

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