Florida Freshwater Fish Hatcheries--Stocking Programs



Bluegill fingerlings (Phase I) 611,513
Bluegill subadults (Phase II) 3,219
Redear Sunfish Fingerlings 67,826
Florida largemouth bass fingerlings 1,370,451
Florida largemouth bass subadults (Advanced) 20,070
Sunshine bass (hybrid) fingerlings 1,938,156
Sunshine bass (hybrid) subadults 4,000
Striped bass fingerlings 171,750
White Bass Fingerlings 61,400
Channel catfish fingerlings 440,743
Channel catfish subadults 314,200
Black Crappie Fingerlings 186,680
Triploid Grass Carp 2,164
Threadfin Shad 15,000



Florida's two freshwater hatcheries stocked over 5 million fish during Fiscal Year 2015-16, which ended June 30, 2016. Stocking summaries from the most recent years are available in the list below. Also check out the interactive stocking map to see which species were stocked near you.


Stocked Sign


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

MAP of Stocking Sites. External Website


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 Truck

Two recent articles about the 2014 stocking year External Website and hybrid striped bass External Website 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


YouTube Overview of the FBCC External Website


Feed training Adobe PDF 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.

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.

Wire Tagging Video

Watch the wire tagging video. External Website


FWC Facts:
American shad are anadromous, which means they live in salt water but spawn in fresh water.

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