Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir - Fishing Opportunities

The 2006 electrofishing sample showed a significant increase in the overall catch rate of largemouth bass when compared to the 2005 survey. The 2006 survey collected 214 largemouth bass for a catch rate of 107/hr. The sample consisted of numerous bass in the 11-14 inch range. A total of 24 bass larger than 15 inches in length were collected. Two very nice bass weighing 6.7 and 7.15 pounds were collected. Largemouth bass have been experiencing very successful recruitment the last few years. The 2004 and 2005 year classes were very abundant in our survey.

The black crappie population should still be providing some good fishing opportunities. The 2006 electrofishing survey, along with trap net sampling, revealed an abundant population exists. The majority of these fish were within the 9 to 11 inch range with a decent number over 12 inches long. The largest crappie collected measured 13.5 inches in length. Anglers have reported catching 6 citation black crappies each of the last two years from Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir. The majority of the black crappies were collected from the upper half of the reservoir as fish were staging in the warmer waters of the shallow flats.

The bluegill fishery is primarily dominated by smaller fish less than 6 inches in size. The trap net surveys collected an incredible total of 4,489 bluegills for a catch rate of 224 bluegills/trap net. The trap net survey also revealed good numbers of redear sunfish in the 6 to 8 inch range with the largest redear sunfish measured at an impressive 12.6 inches. The majority of the redear sunfish were collected along the shallow flats in close proximity to the mitigation areas of the western side of the reservoir.