Rewards on five rivers for smallie success

Posted by Al Agnew on June 2nd, 2011
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Anglers who find a small yellow tag on smallies caught on select southern Missouri streams may find their bass tags legal tender for cool cash.

Sixteen hundred legal-sized smallmouth bass on five rivers in southern Missouri will be tagged as part of a black bass research project. Anglers who catch tagged bass can earn $25 or $75 by reporting their catches to MDC researchers.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting a smallmouth bass research project on five rivers and hopes the rewards will encourage angler participation. These types of studies have been used successfully in Missouri on rivers and lakes with other species like catfish and walleye.

Smallmouth bass will be released in the Black River, Castor River, Courtois Creek, Current River and the North Fork of the White River during the spring season over the next two years.

Ackerson said, “The research project will let biologists learn more about angler catch rates and fish movement in these rivers. Information gained from anglers reporting the catch of tagged smallmouth bass will help us manage this species that Missourians love to pursue.”

Fish DO NOT have to be kept to receive a reward. Anglers may just remove the tag and release the fish if they wish.

To report their catch, Ackerson said anglers needed to call the phone number listed on the tag and provide the following information:

  1. Tag number
  2. Was the fish kept or released?
  3. Date of catch
  4. Total length of fish
  5. Approximate location of catch
  6. Tag will have to be returned to receive reward

For more information on the smallmouth bass research project, contact John Ackerson at the MDC’s Ozark Regional Office at (471) 255-9561, extension 275.

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