LDWF stocked over 8 million fish across Louisiana in 2018

The Inland Fisheries Hatchery Program stocked over 8 million fish into 59 bodies of water across the state in 2018, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The fish stockings were made possible through collaboration with the USFWS Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery, the City of Shreveport’s Cross Lake Fish Hatchery, and LDWF’s Rockefeller Refuge.

Crews stocked the waterbodies with several species including, Florida largemouth bass, northern largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, channel catfish, bluegill, redear, black crappie, threadfin shad, golden shiners, and triploid grass carp.

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LDWF stocked waterbodies across the state with over 8 million fish.

These fish species are stocked to enhance sport fishing through improving the genetics of largemouth bass by stocking the Florida largemouth bass, enhancing waterbodies where natural reproduction is limited or non-existent, improving the forage base available for sportfishing, or to improve sport fishing access.

The Florida subspecies of largemouth bass grow larger than Louisiana’s native Northern largemouth bass, so they are stocked with the goal of increasing an angler’s chance of catching a larger than average largemouth bass.

List of Stocked Ponds In The Baton Rouge Area

East Baton Rouge Parish

Doyle’s Bayou: 150 channel catfish fingerlings, 150 Northern largemouth bass fingerlings

Central Community Park: 200 channel catfish fingerlings,  170 Northern largemouth bass fingerlings

Flanacher: 80 channel catfish fingerlings

Forest Park: 10 adults triploid grass carp

Greenwood: 750 channel catfish fingerlings, 940 Northern largemouth bass fingerlings

Palomino: 100 channel catfish fingerlings, 120 Northern largemouth bass fingerlings

Sherwood Forest: 200 channel catfish fingerlings, 2,000 bluegill fingerlings

Howell Park Pond: 1,680 bluegill fingerlings

University Lake: 2,000 channel catfish fingerlings, 2,390 Northern largemouth bass fingerlings

West Feliciana Parish

West Feliciana Sports Park: 150 channel catfish fingerlings

Livingston Parish

Sidney Hutchinson Pond: 180 Northern largemouth bass fingerlings

Ascension Parish

Lamar Dixon: 550 channel catfish fingerlings

LDWF stocked waterbodies across the state with over 8 million fish.

LDWF’s fish hatcheries primarily stock fish in the spring and early summer, then again in the fall, when fingerlings are large enough to be handled and water temperatures are conducive to fish stocking.

The LDWF Inland Fisheries section is responsible for the monitoring and management of the state’s freshwater resources.

These efforts include sportfish population monitoring and management, providing boating access through aquatic vegetation control, sportfish production and stocking through the hatchery system, and aquatic nuisance species monitoring and outreach.

To view an interactive map of our stocked waterbodies with details about species and sizes stocked click this link http://arcg.is/0GuDKb , then choose ‘Get On the Water’ and select ‘Stocked Lakes’.

Below is a table of the fish stocking totals across Louisiana listed by species.

Species

Number Released

Florida largemouth bass

7,339,000

Bluegill

412,000

Redear

117,000

Northern largemouth bass

58,000

Hybrid striped bass

42,000

Channel catfish

27,000

Triploid grass carp

13,000

Threadfin shad

7,000

Black crappie

15,000

Golden shiners

5,000

Total

8,035,000