Science Note Vol. 8 No. 12
Reservoirs are important resources utilized by thousands of freshwater anglers annually, but as these reservoirs age, their physical habitat deteriorates and fish habitat quality is reduced. In 2007, a large scale habitat improvement project began on Table Rock Lake, Missouri with the goal of supplementing existing fish habitat in this large reservoir. Over 2,000 habitat structures composed of cedar, pine, hardwoods, stumps, and rocks were installed between 2007 and 2013. SCUBA surveys were used to evaluate black bass and crappie use of the installed habitat structures to determine if use of structures varied among fish species, fish size, season, and structure type.