The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in cooperation with the Red River Waterway Commission, recently stocked the Red River with over 28,000 Florida strain largemouth bass fingerlings.
This endeavor is a renewal of cooperative stocking efforts between the two agencies. The RRWC has agreed to a five-year plan to stock $50,000 worth of bass fingerlings annually into the five pools of the Red River.
The fingerlings were evenly distributed amongst the five pools of the river in order to improve fishing opportunities for the recreational angler. The fish range in size between 4 and 7 inches.
“These fish should have a huge impact on recreational fishing,” explained LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “A few years from now, some of these fish will grow to be 10 pounds or more.”
The fish were purchased by the Red River Waterway Commission from the American Sportfish Hatchery. The Department will assist with releasing 12,000 more fish by the end of the year, including a stocking on December 5 in Avoyelles Parish.