Florida Bass Fingerlings Stocked in Mississippi Lakes
On Wednesday, April 11th, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 161,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Eagle Lake. The fish were reared at MDWFP's Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. "We've been stocking largemouth bass into Eagle Lake for several years and it has been very successful," stated MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Jerry Brown.
Recent winter population evaluations on Eagle Lake have indicated an increase in the bass population. According to Brown, Florida-strain largemouth bass have the potential to reach trophy sizes.
Anglers should be aware that a 16-inch minimum length limit is in effect on Eagle Lake to protect small bass from harvest.
Additionally, the MDWFP stocked 25,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass into Wolf Lake on Thursday, April 12th. The fingerlings were reared at the MDWFP Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. Wolf Lake and adjoining Broad Lake comprise a 1,000-acre oxbow located near Yazoo City that was significantly impacted by the 2011 Mississippi River flood. "The bass population at Wolf Lake has improved over the last few years and we want to see that continue," said MDWFP fisheries biologist Jerry Brown. There is a 12-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass at Wolf and Broad Lakes and a daily creel limit of five fish per angler.