From what I understand about spots and Lake Norman The LM are more prevalent in the river section or at least upstream of Hwy 150.
Yeah, that's what I am hearing. But I just have this thing about non native species. What's next, snakeheads?..lolNorman is a lake in the throes of change. The Spotted bass are reasonably new, as are the white perch. In years past there were white bass and stripers. Now there are almost none. White perch killed off the white bass, and stripers have been killed off by heat. Hybrids have been added to the lake, but time will tell if they will survive. Cant say if the perch and spots are a good thing, but I can attest that compared to 20 years ago Norman is a lively lake now...used to be called the Dead Sea.
Thanks for the info!From what I understand about spots and Lake Norman The LM are more prevalent in the river section or at least upstream of Hwy 150.
I agree that you don't want an invasive species taking over but looking at your list, it seems to me that Fontana is an outlier not the norm. For example, Chickamagua shows the spot population declining in ratio to the laregmouth while numbers overall increased. Another example is Chatuge, where the spot population increased greatly but the largemouth harvest remained about constant, so they improved the fishing in that lake. It appears that in certain conditions they can take over a lake but most of these surveys show they will find a balance with the other black basses.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^When man dammed the river they damned the native species natural habitat.... So I think the native-ness argument is absolutely understandable but on the whole is irrelevant.