Occurrence of select juvenile fishes during post spawning periods in Texas bay-gulf passes




Martin, J.H.
McEachron, L.W.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coastal Fisheries Branch


Utilization of bay-Gulf passes during post spawning periods by juvenile red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma) and to a lesser extent black drum (Pogonias cromis) is well documented. Bag seine catches in this study of juvenile red drum, spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus), black drum and southern flounder inside bay-Gulf passes and on the bayside of the passes correspond to reported post spawning periods. Catch rates inside bay-Gulf passes were similar to those on the bayside of the pass. It is recommended that these bay-Gulf passes be included in the routine Texas Parks and Wildlife Department bag seine monitoring program.


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marine fish, juveniles, seine nets, ecological distribution, red drum, Sciaenops ocellata, southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma, spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus, black drum, Pogonias cromis