Florida Freshwater Fish Hatcheries--Stocking Programs

SPECIES

NO. PRODUCED

Bluegill fingerlings (Phase I) 629,497
Bluegill subadults (Phase II) 19,913
Redear Sunfish Fingerlings 218,683
Florida largemouth bass fingerlings 164,888
Florida largemouth bass subadults (Advanced) 131,377
Sunshine bass (hybrid) fingerlings 604,869
White bass fingerlings 6,000
Striped bass fingerlings 369,800
Channel catfish fingerlings 873,286
Channel catfish subadults 171,858
Black crappie fingerlings 348,169
Triploid Grass Carp 2,264

TOTAL TO DATE

3,540,604

Florida's two freshwater hatcheries stocked more than 3.5 million fish during Fiscal Year 2012-13, which ended June 30, 2013 (see individual annual stocking summaries below). Data from Fiscal Year 2013-14 is available below.

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Links below show recent stocking histories and provide articles about hatchery operations.

Glossary of terms. Adobe PDF

MAP of Stocking Sites. External Website

 

Check out the "Hatchery Tracker" posts at FWC's new Freshwater Fishing Blog!

 Hatchery Tracker blog

The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries for all of Florida.Fingerling Stocking

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.

Hatchery TruckThe 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

 

YouTube Overview of the FBCC

 

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 Adobe PDF.

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.

FW Video Wire Tagging

Watch the wire tagging video.

 



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