As shown in the results, there is no correlation between lake level and largemouth bass recruitment/reproduction. This may be a good thing for fisheries managers who are concerned about low lake level years having an impact on fish populations. If Dominion Energy, who owns and operates the dam, chooses to let out more water in the springtime, fishery managers at Lake Murray may not have to worry about this negatively impacting the number of surviving fish that hatched that year.
Additionally, it may be a good thing for anglers in the future who may be concerned about the effects of climate change on lake level. Drier and hotter years may mean a lower lake level. If a lower lake level meant fewer surviving fish, climate change potentially would have impacted catch rates. However, since there is no correlation this may not be a concern.
It is important to note that while there was no correlation found, not many years were used in this study, and with more data points to look at, the trend may present itself differently. This study would benefit from incorporating more years of electrofishing data to get a better sense of the relationship between spring lake level and year-class strength of Largemouth Bass.