Carrying Capacity

Carrying Capacity is one of the main principles behind fisheries management.

Do you know the carrying capacity of your home water? Simply put, it refers to the amount of fish a body of water can support, usually expressed in pounds of fish per acre.

This is often the driving principle behind management regulations, and fisheries managers use it to ensure balanced populations of various species. They tighten or loosen them to strike that balance.

What does it mean for you and me? It means we may need to adjust our expectations for different lakes. One with a hot bite could indicate a high level of ALL species, so you may want to chase some of those as well. A lake that isn't producing much could require anglers to back off and release more to help it bounce back.

Understanding carrying capacity is good for the fish, and that's good for fishing.


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