Great Plains Natural Science Society


The Prairie Naturalist

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The Prairie Naturalist 47:48–51; 2016


Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society. Used by permission.


Trotline sampling has been a common practice used by commercial and recreational anglers to target specific fish species (e.g. Ictaluridae and Acipenseridae), while biologists have used them as a management tool to monitor and evaluate fish populations (Graham 1997, Vokoun and Rabeni 1999, Arterburn and Berry 2002, Steffensen et al. 2011). Different trotline configurations have been evaluated to determine which combination of hook type and bait produces higher catch rates for catfish species (Johnson 1987, Arterburn and Berry 2002) but this information is lacking for sturgeon species. For example, Arterburn and Berry (2002) concluded that channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) were more likely caught with cut bait while flathead catfish (Pylodictis olivaris) were more likely captured with live bait.