Date of this Version
Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 39, 1–9 (2019)
White Bass (Morone chrysops) and Hybrid Striped Bass (M. saxatillis × M. chrysops) populations often coexist in the same waterbody and are known to achieve different lengths, have differing reproductive success, and provide different opportunities for anglers. However, comparative population dynamics from systems where Moronids are managed with the same regulation is often lacking. This study aimed to assess the recruitment, mortality, and growth of these species from seasonal samples collected at Lake McConaughy in 2015 and fall 2016. White Bass demonstrated highly variable recruitment in Lake McConaughy despite stocking efforts (mean recruitment variability index = 0.157). Hybrid Striped Bass year class strength was also variable, but RVI was not calculated as the number of missing year classes exceed the number of present year classes. Total annual mortality estimates for Hybrid Striped Bass (39.7%) and White Bass (41.4%) were consistent with values reported in other populations, but both species were observed to achieve uncommon longevity. Both species exhibited sexual size dimorphism, and growth was moderate and consistent with average values presented for North American populations. This study provides insight into the population dynamics of two species with trophy potential managed by the same regulation in Lake McConaughy. Differences in growth patterns indicate the current regulation affects each species differently, and managers may be able to utilize this to inform decisions about management of coexisting Moronid populations.