Anglers Help Stock Bass in Lake Ouachita

July 14, 2004

HOT SPRINGS - With assistance from local anglers, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last month stocked 104,500 fingerling largemouth bass and 28,000 fingerling smallmouth bass into Lake Ouachita.

Members of the Arkansas Black Bass Coalition helped scatter the young bass over the eastern part of Lake Ouachita.Members of the Arkansas Black Bass Coalition helped scatter the young bass over the eastern part of the lake. Assistant fisheries biologist Brett Hobbs, said the AGFC appreciated the help of the interested anglers. “Typically, fingerlings stocked in areas of good habitat will have a better chance for survival,” he said.

The ABBC fishermen were tasked with picking such habitat areas and transporting the fingerlings in their personal boats to the appropriate sites.“[ABBC members] feel the stocking of largemouth fingerlings will help rejuvenate the lake and thus increase their catch rate,” Hobbs said.

The anglers met the AGFC’s fish hatchery trucks at Crystal Springs, Brady Mountain and State Park ramps to collect the largemouth fingerlings into stock tanks and then distributed the bass with dip nets.

The anglers also assisted with the stocking of smallmouth bass on the lower portion of Lake Ouachita between Blakely Mountain Dam and Point #1. This is the first year in a five-year AGFC effort to establish a viable, self-reproducing smallmouth bass fishery in the lower end of the lake.

Hobbs said the current broodstock of smallmouth bass were made available to the AGFC by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the smallmouth bass adult fish will be maintained at the Andrew Hulsey State Fish hatchery, near Hot Springs, for future stockings.

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