Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

TWRA's Region 4 - East Tennessee

Reservoir Fisheries Management Program

Winter Gill Netting Surveys


Gill netting is performed on various East Tennessee reservoirs from December through February of each year to determine the status of several important fisheries. Good samples of walleye, striped bass, hybrid striped bass, white bass, sauger, saugeye and other species are collected using this sampling method.

TWRA's experimental nets are generally set for a period of 18-24 hours. Most of the nets are 8 x 150-foot containing 6 panels of 0.5, 1.0. 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and 3.0-inch mesh. Sampling locations are fixed and in habitats expected to yield good catches of target species. All nets are set perpendicular to the shore with the smallest mesh towards shore.

The TWRA has recently begun experimenting with a different type of net configuration for collecting striped bass and hybrids within Boone and Cherokee Reservoirs.  Non-experimental, surface set gill nets that are 300 x 8-foot are used.  Three different mesh sizes (2.0, 2.5, and 3.0-inch) are being tested to determine which might provide the best samples.

Winter Gill Netting Survey Results:

Davy Crockett
Fort Loudoun
Fort Patrick Henry
John Sevier
Melton Hill
Norris Melton Hill Fort Loudoun Tellico Douglas Cherokee Fort Patrick Henry Watauga Boone South Holston John Sevier Davy Crockett Wilbur Chilhowee Calderwood


Cherokee Gill Netting

Cherokee Striper Gill Netting