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Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir - News & Reports

Fisheries biologists sampled the reservoir in the spring of 2006 with a total of 10 fish species collected. The 2006 electrofishing catch rate for largemouth bass was 107 bass/hr and showed a marked increase from the 2005 sample (67 bass/hr). The electrofishing sample revealed good numbers of black crappies present with the average size running around 10 inches in length. Trap net surveys were conducted on the reservoir during April 2006 to evaluate the strength of the black crappie population. A total of 237 black crappies were collected over the course of the survey with the majority of the crappies measured in the 9 to 11 inch range. Additional information on the fishery can be obtained through reading the biologists reports. Information from the 2006 surveys will be posted with the new management report when it is completed.

Anglers reported 7 citation-sized largemouth bass from Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir in 2005. The total for 2006 is presently at 9 citations for largemouth bass. The 2006 citation total for black crappies and channel catfish has equaled the totals for 2005 with 6 citation crappies and one citation channel catfish. Three sunfish citations have also been reported for 2006.

Fisheries biologist plan on conducting yearly electrofishing surveys on Beaverdam Swamp Reservoir.

In the fall of 2003, tissue samples were taken from largemouth bass, as part of a statewide investigation by the Department's Largemouth Bass Committee into the genetics of our bass populations. The aim is to determine what percentage of the genetic make-up consists of the northern strain of bass and what percentage is of the Florida strain of bass and whether this has any bearing on the performance of a fishery. Virginia Tech analyzed the samples and the results showed that only 38% of the sample had Florida genetics. This percentage ranks toward the bottom of the list of the 23 lakes sampled.