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Catch Analysis

This past week (5/5-5/11) there were 42 rod days. Bob Hoffman spearheaded a 'Thank You' day for the Connecticut River Salmon Association. They fished hard but often just sat and reflected on the peace and beauty.

Most days there were less than 6 anglers per day - peak season, average time spent fishing is about 4 hours so on average less than 2 anglers per quarry.

Aren't we lucky!

Catch Results through May 25

The big fish keep on coming. However, be aware that as the water heats up the stress on the fish multiplies. Play them fast. Keep them in the water. Send them deep!

 

What do you think?

  • Is there a "Best Pond"?
  • Is there a "Trophy Pond"?
  • Which pond has the best chance for success?

2017 SEASON RESULTS AND ANALYSIS

The results are in – Fishing was great – Lots of gee whiz numbers!

In the spirit of full disclosure, one of my favorite courses in college was “How to lie with statistics”. Often people see what they want to see and point only to the data that supports their views. The same information can be used to support conflicting opinions so go beyond the charts and look at the detailed data to see if it supports the conclusion.

The data collected is from individual census sheets shows all the reported fish caught (1093/Birch, 924/Pine, 785/Cedar). At first glance, one might conclude it is easier to catch fish in Birch than Cedar. However, the time spent fishing a pond is not reported so the higher count in Birch might be a result of more time spent fishing rather than easier to catch fish. Are trout in Cedar smarter because they have been in the pond longer or did anglers spend less time fishing in Cedar?

We get to spend a lot of time talking about where and how to fish (with adult beverage in hand). The good news is there are good opportunities for both the casual and the dedicated angler ... something for everyone!

Snapshots

There were 234 days the club was open for fishing.
2967 fish were caught which averages 12.7 fish per day.
Most fish were caught in Birch - 1093.
The average length of fish caught was 16.3 inches.
Cedar had the largest average length – 17.6 inches.
92.8% of fish were released.
501 fish were 20” or larger (16.9%)
78 fish were 24” or larger (2.3%)

NOTE: Looking at just quarry results yields different numbers.

Did you ever wonder?

  1. Which pond do I have the best chance to catch a fish?
  2. Which pond do I have the best chance to catch big fish on average?
  3. Which pond do I have the best chance to catch a trophy fish?
  4. Are holdover fish easier or harder to catch? Why?
  5. Does stocking change catching numbers? How? If so, for how long?
  6. Are fish harder to catch after feeding? Why?

Fish Caught By Length for Quarry Ponds


Fish Grouped by Recently Stocked, 1-3 Yr Holdover, 3+ Yr Holdover


Fish by Length as % of Fish Caught Within a Pond

Have you had enough?

These are just the highlights. If you want to see the details please look at:

  • 2017 Catch Analysis - Provides background and details for the above material.
  • Season Data For 2012-2017 - Shows catch data going back to 2012.
  • Census Sheet Data and Analysis - A spreadsheet containing these charts plus additional charts and the raw data for years 2012-2017.