JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, (MDWFP) recently stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass into Ross Barnett Reservoir, with help from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers. Anglers set out of Hwy 43 ramps near Tommy’s Trading Post and assisted in the transportation and release of approximately 25,000 fingerling bass into backwater areas to improve survival.
“Largemouth bass are a popular sport fish on Ross Barnett Reservoir,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Ryan Jones. According to Jones, the goal is to produce more trophy-sized bass for anglers to catch and to engage those anglers in conservation efforts at the reservoir. The fish were reared at MDWFP’s Turcotte Fish Hatchery, located near Canton. MDWFP’s hatcheries produce fish for stocking in public waters throughout Mississippi.
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