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Influence of Limnological Classification on sportfish production in lakes on Georgia's Public Fishing Areas


July 2009 - June 2012


Currently, the lakes in GADNR’s PFA system have not been classified, and fish production among the lakes in inconsistent. Efforts to manage the lakes for trophy sportfish (e.g., largemouth bass) have been hampered by uncertainties about how the lakes differ and which chemical or physical factors may be affecting fish production. Accordingly, we propose a 2-year study to measure a suite of chemical and physical factors for lakes in the PFA system and to classify the lakes based on similarities (or lack thereof) among these variable. The objectives for this work is to assign lakes on the PFAs into classes based on their chemical and physical characteristics and to determine which class of lakes is better suited for trophy sportfish management.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 236

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 712

Scientific Publications: 1967

Presentations: 4391



Funding Agencies

  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey