Striped Bass Study
- Re-stocking effort began in 1967. Fingerling striped bass releases began in 1969.
- As of June 2012, more than 13.35 million striped bass fingerlings have been released into Mississippi coastal waters.
- Hundreds of tagged striped bass are recaptured and reported.
- Result: A small, viable recreational striped bass fishery has been re-established in Mississippi.
- The program produced the current state record striper. Mr. Tony C. Graves landed the 37-lb., 13.12-oz. fish on the Bowie River in May 1993.
In November, the Lyman Fish Hatchery began commence tagging and release of approximately 20,000 phase II striped bass (~6" in length). GCRL researchers will also surgically implant acoustic transmitters into seventeen of these hatchery fish. After a three-day recovery period, the fish will be released into the Biloxi River. GCRL will manually track and locate tagged striped bass in the river utilizing acoustic telemetry techniques. The data will help determine how seasonal changes in the river's physiochemical condition affect diel movement and habitat use by the fish, spatially and temporally. Similar tagging programs have been conducted in previous years.
In addition to this study with young stripers, GCRL will surgically implant several large adult striped bass with more powerful acoustic transmitters that are simply too big and heavy for the phase II fish. The larger fish will be caught on rod and reel in the wild and the transmitters will be implanted right on the capture boat. The researchers hope to gain a better understanding of how adult striped bass utilize the river, as well as identify upstream migrations which could be an indication of potential spawning activity.
As of November 11, 2013, there are 26 striped bass with acoustic transmitters in the Biloxi River system. There are two transmitters remaining to be implanted, so two additional fish are needed. Anyone interested in assisting us in catching adult striped bass for this program in the Biloxi River during the fall of 2013 is encouraged to volunteer.
24" (~60 cm) Striped Bass from Graveline Bayou
Report Your Striped Bass
Please report all striped bass you catch in Mississippi, whether they are tagged or not. Helpful information to report includes: length, weight, tag number (if tagged), location the fish was caught, and date. Please contact Paul Mickle at 601.307.5591 or Paul.Mickle@usm.edu or or Jennifer Green at 228. 818.8820 or Jennifer.L.Green@usm.edu.