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Jason Yarbrough, a TVA biologist, holds an about 35-pound blue catfish during TVA's 2012 spring sport-fish survey held at the Chickamauga Reservoir's Wolftever boat ramp early Tuesday morning. / Dan Henry. Times Free Press. Jason Yarbrough, a TVA biologist, holds an about 35-pound blue catfish during TVA's 2012 spring sport-fish survey held at the Chickamauga Reservoir's Wolftever boat ramp early Tuesday morning. / Dan Henry. Times Free Press.
CHATTANOOGA -

(Times Free Press) - TVA went sport fishing Tuesday in Chickamauga Lake, and what fish experts netted was loads of data.

With an electrofishing boat, teams of TVA fisheries biologists filled net after net with bass and crappie from Wolftever Creek during the utility's annual spring sportfish survey.

This year's catch will be added to 10 years of data that tracks bass and crappie numbers by species, as well as by size and general health, according to TVA fisheries biologist John Justice.

But the exercise is not just to tell ordinary anglers there are fish in water.

Read more about this story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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