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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Local Anglers Assist with Largemouth Bass Stocking at Ross Barnett Reservoir

JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Florida-strain largemouth bass into the Ross Barnett Reservoir.  In cooperation with Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and local bass anglers, the fish were transported and released into backwaterareas to improve survival rates.  Volunteers using the Hwy 43 ramps near Tommy's Trading Post stocked approximately 130,000 bass; an additional 40,000 were dispersed from the Pelahatchie Bay Park ramp.

"Largemouth bass are a popular sport fish on the Ross Barnett Reservoir," says MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Ryan Jones.  According to Jones, the goal is to produce more trophy-sized bass.  The fish were reared at MDWFP's Turcotte Fish Hatchery, located near Canton.  MDWFP's hatcheries produce fish for stocking in public waters throughout Mississippi.

For more information regarding fish or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2212.

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