Hatchery-Raised Largemouth Bass Comparison Study

Freshwater fisheries biologist James Kramer recently completed a study comparing largemouth bass rearing techniques. Fingerling sized bass from the Florida Bass Conservation Center in Webster were raised indoors on pellets and outdoors on live prey then stocked in lakes around the state. The fish were collected over two years to find how many of each group survived. Results from the study showed that, while many of the lakes differed, overall the rearing method didn’t matter as both performed the same. These findings should help our managers when making stocking decisions by removing the factor of rearing success from consideration so they can focus on timing and cost saving. Our new video goes into more detail about this important project.