- Florida’s Freshwater Fishing Blog
- FWC Bream Stocking Well Underway
- Talquin stocking bolstered by “advanced” advantage
- TrophyCatch & Tagging Studies
- Fish of a Certain Age
- Is it really that big?
- Shocking Truths of Electrofishing
- Big bass are back in Edward Medard Reservoir
- Welcome to the Hatchery Tracker!
- Circle of Life
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute’s Freshwater Fisheries Research section began a Long-Term Monitoring Project for Florida’s lakes in 2006. Our primary objective is to track freshwater fisheries trends over time, using standardized methods that ensure the integrity of the data collected across the state.
More than 102,000 genetically pure Florida Bass now call Orange Lake home after the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management completed their scheduled released of young of the year bass into the now full lake.
One of the primary goals of FWC’s new TrophyCatch program is to decrease fishing mortality of trophy-sized bass through the promotion of catch-and-release. This conservation philosophy has been popular with bass anglers for years, and has now been adopted by Major League Fishing for competitive bass tournaments.
Bass are being stocked into Lake Talquin to supplement weak year classes of bass resulting from limited aquatic habitats. All bass stocked in 2013 have been “micro-wire tagged” with a small metal tag for future identification.
Size isn’t everything. I know we all want to catch a bass big enough to brag about, but from a scientific point of view, maturity can be much more important. If you focus too much on how big it is and not enough on how long it took to get there, you can miss out on the big picture.
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