Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


D'Abramo, Louis R.

Committee Member

Schramm Jr., Harold L.

Committee Member

Miranda, Leandro E.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Wildlife and Fisheries

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


Temperature-dependent weight gain of Gulf coast and northern strain walleye Sander vitreus fingerlings was determined by rearing fish in flow-through aquaria at different water temperatures (range 15-32°C). Maximum growth of Gulf coast and northern strain walleye occurred between 20 and 26°C, and weight gain of northern walleye exceeded that of the Gulf coast strain by 1.5 times. An acclimated chronic exposure method to assess upper thermal limits determined that walleye survived 35, 9, and 1 days at 33, 34, and 35°C, respectively. A post pond-rearing feed-training practice (21 d) at a mean density of 6,290 ± 1,247 fish/m3 using formulated feeds was successful (32-85% survival), and walleye continued to consume a formulated diet feed after stocked at densities of 12,250 and 24,700/ha into 0.04 ha earthen ponds. After 125 days, survival in ponds was poor (< 30%) and production varied substantially.