An electrofishing survey conducted at Charles Fork Lake in Roane County during early May revealed excellent largemouth bass and channel catfish populations, according to Bert Pierce, Assistant Chief with the Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Section.
"In about one hour at the lake, 68 adult largemouth bass were collected, and 17 were between 12 and 17 inches in length. Nine of these fish were greater than 15 inches, and collecting this many quality sized bass in an hour is very impressive," Pierce said. "The catch rate of large bass at Charles Fork Lake was the highest we have encountered during 11 electrofishing surveys conducted on nine small impoundments during the past two years."
The survey also disclosed an abundance of adult channel catfish and good numbers of sunfish. All fish were released alive back into the lake. Pierce reminds anglers that Charles Fork Lake receives annual stockings of fingerling-sized tiger muskies and channel catfish.