Waller Mill Reservoir - News & Reports

Department fisheries biologists conducted an electrofishing survey of Waller Mill Reservoir on April 26, 2006. Four sample sites were selected and these shoreline areas were sampled to get an accurate picture of the fish community that is present. A total of 12 fish species were collected during the survey. The five most abundant species were largemouth bass, white perch, bluegill, redear sunfish and common carp. The other species collected in less abundance were redbreast sunfish, striped bass, black crappie, American eel, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish and gizzard shad.

Department fisheries biologists conducted gill net sampling of the reservoir during November and December of 2006. This survey was used to attain valuable data on the striped bass population as well as the reservoir's forage base. Chesapeake Bay strain striped bass are stocked into Waller Mill Reservoir every spring. The stocked fingerlings have to adapt to their new surroundings and avoid the hungry mouths of the numerous predators that are present. The reservoir does produce some nice striped bass. An angler caught a 24-pound striped bass on December 29, 2006 by using a gizzard shad he caught from the reservoir. Our gill net survey was not as successful with the big stripers as that angler was. The largest striped bass collected in the gill nets measured 31.77 inches and weighed 11.33 pounds. The gill net survey was successful in collecting 17 fish species. The five most abundant species were white perch, gizzard shad, black crappie, largemouth bass and white catfish. The other species collected in less abundance were striped bass, bluegill, brown bullhead, yellow bullhead, channel catfish, common carp, longnose gar, yellow perch, pumpkinseed sunfish, golden shiner, redbreast and redear sunfish.

Department fisheries biologists sampled Waller Mill Reservoir with trap nets during April 2005 in hopes of collecting data on the black crappie population. Proper shallow water, shoreline sets were difficult to find due to the sharp drop-offs along most areas of the shoreline. The numbers of black crappie were not all that impressive in our trap nets. We did catch some decent black crappie in the 10 to 13 inch range with the largest crappie measured at 13.75 inches and 1.4 pounds. The trap net survey was successful in catching a total of 566 white perch. The schools of white perch were the highlight to the sample as most of the white perch were in the 8 to 10 inch range. The abundant population of white perch should provide plenty of action for anglers when other species such as largemouth bass and black crappie are not biting.