Roosevelt fishing enhancements continue: 40,000 bass stocked

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AZGFD Fisheries Program Biologist Bryant Dickens unloads some of the 40,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings that were stocked Thursday morning into Roosevelt Lake. — George Andrejko/AZGFD

 

Florida-strain largemouth bass stockings continued at Roosevelt Lake on Tuesday, with a morning stocking of 40,000 fingerlings.

A habitat improvement project also is upcoming. Since April, 2014, about 1 million fry (recently hatched) of the Florida-strain bass, which can grow up to 20 pounds, have been stocked into Roosevelt Lake.

This is one way fishing memories are created.

 

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A Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerling.

 

Already, early indications give some hope for a robust population of catchable (8-10-inch bass) by this fall, and, in 4-5 years, the hope that trophy bass will be available at this rejuvenating fishery.

Rearing Florida-strain bass at Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery

 

Bubbling Ponds FIsh Hatchery near Cornville, Arizona is the site of reared Florida-strain largemouth bass
Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery near Cornville, Arizona is the site of reared Florida-strain largemouth bass

 

The hatchery has 300 Florida-strain bass that in 2015 were trucked from Florida to Arizona. These fish are eating well and growing — currently they’re about 8 inches in length.

These bass are planned to be AZGFD’s own brood stock.  They will be grown until they reach maturity and then AZGFD will spawn them annually.

The young will be stocked into approved Arizona lakes.

Florida Largemouth bass on APril 20, 2016, from Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery
A larger strain of bass is being reared at the Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery near Cornville, Ariz.

“This is my first time raising these fish,” said Sarah Taylor,  a Bubbling Ponds Fish Hatchery manager. “It has been a challenge, but we are getting our techniques dialed in as we go.  Things seem to be going well.”

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