Hybrid Striped Bass Being Stocked in Little Rock Ponds

June 23, 2004

LITTLE ROCK - Hybrid striped bass will be stocked this week in three of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Community Fishing Program locations. The program is focused on getting kids in urban areas of the city involved in fishing.

Hybrid Striped Bass being  stocked in Arkansas pondsThe parks that were selected were Boyle Park, Kiwanis Park and Otter Creek Park. Each of the ponds will receive about 125 hybrids.

The hybrid stripers were donated to the AGFC by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Aquaculture Research Center in Stuttgart. Dr. Kenneth B. Davis, a research physiologist, said that the fish, which averaged about one pound each, had grown too large for their research intentions and that he liked the idea of presenting an opportunity to fish for hybrids to inner-city anglers. “Hybrid striped bass are a well-known food fish in many areas as their flesh has a clean light taste,” Davis explained.

The AGFC’s partnership with the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department helps the Fisheries Division by offering inner-city residents the unusual opportunity to fish for hybrids in a metropolitan area, AGFC urban fisheries biologist Clifton Jackson explained. “The hybrids will make a splendid compliment to the bi-weekly stockings of channel catfish that occur throughout the summer at these locations. These fish will also do a very good job at reducing the overabundant population of small sunfish at these areas, which will help the growth rates of the remaining sunfish,” Jackson added.

“We really appreciate the Stuttgart research center’s contribution of these tasty fish. It is a rare opportunity to fish for hybrids in the central Arkansas area. I hope anglers will get out this weekend and catch some of these fish,” Jackson said.

Hybrid striped bass in this size class can be caught by using a variety of baits including crappie jigs, small spoons, small crank baits and chicken liver. The limit at these locations is three hybrids per person.

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