The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Inland Fisheries Division will release 59,000 bass into the Red River on Dec. 15 at the Grand Ecore landing located in Natchitoches.
The Red River Waterways Commission (RRWC) donated $50,000 to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, who then distributed the funds to LDWF for the procurement of the bass. This will mark the fifth consecutive year that the RRWC has donated money to purchase bass for the Red River.
The bass are 100 percent Florida largemouth bass and largemouth bass virus free. The 5-to-7-inch bass are considered phase II fingerlings. These bass are released to help introduce their superior genetic traits to the Red River that will in turn produce larger bass for local anglers.
LDWF is very grateful for RRWCs generous donation that will improve the bass population in the Red River, said Tim Morrison, LDWF program manager. These Florida largemouth bass will improve both the quantity and quality of the catch, which is great news for Louisiana anglers.
LDWF stocks millions of Florida strain largemouth bass into Louisiana waterways each year. Facilities such as the Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in central Louisiana support management plans with production of bass fry each spring.
EDITORS: For more information, contact Tim Morrison at 225-765-2333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.