|Bluegill fingerlings (Phase I)
|Bluegill subadults (Phase II)
|Redear Sunfish Fingerlings
|Florida largemouth bass fingerlings
|Florida largemouth bass subadults (Advanced)
|Sunshine bass (hybrid) fingerlings
|White bass fingerlings
|Striped bass fingerlings
|Channel catfish fingerlings
|Channel catfish subadults
|Triploid Grass Carp
TOTAL TO DATE
Florida's two freshwater hatcheries stocked more than 3.6 million fish during Fiscal Year 2013-14, which ended June 30, 2014 (see individual annual stocking summaries below). Data from Fiscal Year 2013-14 is available below.
Links below show recent stocking histories and provide articles about hatchery operations.
Glossary of terms.
MAP of Stocking Sites.
Check out the "Hatchery Tracker" posts at FWC's new Freshwater Fishing Blog!
The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries for all of Florida.
The Florida Bass Conservation Center is the larger, more modern facility located on Withlacoochee State Forest, in Sumter County. It has a visitor's observation area with informative displays, conducts research, and produces the majority of freshwater fish that are stocked in public freshwaters throughout the peninsula. They are also equipped to do fish health analyses and to provide samples for genetic analyses.
The Blackwater Hatchery is located in Santa Rosa County and is primarily responsible for bass stockings in the panhandle, and production of striped bass and sunshine bass.
Two recent articles about the 2014 stocking year and hybrid striped bass provide more detailed information.
The hatchery program plays a key role in implementation of the Florida Black Bass Management Plan, especially the Fish Management action steps. The following articles seek to provide insights into hatchery operations:
Primary species stocked:
Glossary of terms
Feed training is an important new hatchery technique pioneered by FWC biologists for growing bigger largemouth bass for stocking. These larger "Phase-II" bass have fewer predators and can eat a wider range of prey when stocked than standard stocking bass, increasing their survival rate and stocking effectiveness. Read more about this innovative fish management technique here .
Wire tagging of these larger Phase-II largemouth bass is a method of marking largemouth bass for research and fisheries enhancement purposes. You can learn more from the video below.
Watch the wire tagging video.