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Summary Report of Results of Bass and Walleye Fishing Contests Held in Washington 2006

Category: Fishing / Shellfishing - Fishing Contests

Date Published: March 2007

Number of Pages: 56

Publication Number: FPA 07-01

Author(s): Bruce M. Baker

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

A total of 188 bass fishing contests sponsored by 49 bass clubs or other organizations were held in 2006. The bass contests were held on 46 different bodies of water and the majority of the contests were held on the Columbia River system. A total of 22,371 bass were caught (largemouth and smallmouth bass). The average weight per bass was 2.01 pounds. The largest largemouth bass caught was 7.91 pounds and the largest smallmouth bass caught was 7.59 pounds. The overall catch rate was 0.28 fish per hour and 98.6% of the bass caught were reported released alive. The total value of prizes awarded was estimated at $434,897.

A total of six walleye fishing contests were held in 2006 and were sponsored by six walleye clubs or other organizations. The contests were held on five different bodies of water. A total of 3,322 walleye were caught. The average weight per walleye was 2.19 pounds. The largest walleye caught was 13.32 pounds. The overall catch rate was 0.20 fish per hour and 98.0% of the walleye caught were reported released alive. The total value of prizes awarded was estimated at $165,966.