Growth, length-weight relationship, maturation and food habits of striped bass from Beaver Reservoir were studied. No significant difference in growth in length between sexes was found. Growth of the Beaver Reservoir striped bass was similar to that of anadromous and freshwater populations. Males and females showed significant difference in length-weight relationship, and females exhibited isometric growth. The gonosomatic indices (GSI) of males ranged from 4.50 to 7.09 and were classified as mature fish. Female striped bass with GSI of 2.62 and above had three size groups of ova and were considered as maturing and mature. The food was primarily composed of gizzard shad. Both the possible impact of striped bass on the ecosystem of Beaver Reservoir and future research are discussed.
Kilambi, Raj V. and Zdinak, Alex Jr.
"Biology of the Striped Bass, Morone saxatilis, in Beaver Reservoir, Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 35
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol35/iss1/12