Release Date: 12/19/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Inland Fisheries Division personnel stocked a total of approximately 58,000 phase II Florida largemouth bass into the five pools of the Red River on Dec. 13.

The Red River Waterways Commission (RRWC) donated $50,000 to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, who then purchased the bass.  This will mark the sixth consecutive year that the RRWC has donated money to purchase bass for the Red River. 

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 RRWC's generous donation that will improve the bass population in the Red River," said Tim Morrison, LDWF assistant division administrator.  "These Florida largemouth bass will improve both the quantity and quality of the catch, which is great news for Louisiana anglers."

About 11,600 bass per pool were stocked out of the Clarks, Coushatta, Grand Ecore, Fort Buhlow, and Broulette landings on the Red River. 

For more information, contact Tim Morrison at 225-765-2333 or tmorrison@wlf.louisiana.gov.