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Bass fingerlings stocked in Lake Pierce by FWC

News Release

Friday, April 25, 2014

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852

Lake Pierce bass anglers will be happy to know the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has stocked 160,000 largemouth bass fingerlings into the 3,728-acre Polk County lake.

The FWC stocked 2.5-inch fish, from its Florida Bass Conservation Center at Richloam, in Sumter County, to supplement low natural reproduction attributed to a relatively small adult bass population, documented in FWC samples.

“The larger-than-normal fingerlings we stocked have growth advantages over smaller fingerlings because they can readily consume abundant larval shad found in the lake,” said FWC fishery biologist Chris Wiley.

Stockings on April 16 and 17 should help ensure the viability of the bass fishery, while lake managers wrestle with the problem of an aging lake, characterized by algal blooms and significant muck deposits over portions of the lake’s bottom.

It typically takes one to two years before stocked bass become available for anglers to catch but in the long-run, hopes are that many of these bass will become the parents of future generations of Lake Pierce bass.

For more information on freshwater fishing, visit and select “Freshwater” or call the FWC Lakeland regional office at 863-648-3200.

FWC Facts:
Scientists can determine the age of a fish by counting growth rings, similar to growth rings of a tree, on otoliths, the “inner ear bones” of fish.

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