Originally posted by BassSER
From the lake management plan from 2009:
In 2002, 2003 and 2005 Florida largemouth bass were reintroduced into Skiatook Lake in order to enhance the genetic structure of the largemouth bass population. In 2006, the Florida stockings were evaluated using electrophoresis indicating 15% of Age-1 largemouth bass collected were pure Florida bass and 3% were F1 (first generation Florida x Northern crosses). These results were considered very good considering the numbers and size of the bass stocked.
In spring of 2009 age and growth data were collected from the largemouth bass sample (Figure 3). Growth rates were fair with bass at Age 3 reaching 13.4 inches and 14.8 inches at Age 4. The current lake record for largemouth bass is 9.3 pounds and was 23.5 inches in length.
For a lake completed in 1984 it hasn't set the world on fire with Florida bass I hope that the re-introduction succeds but wouldn't hold my breath -
For as many Florida bass as have been released and a 18% mixed return - justification must be based only on angler social demands on the department.
Smallies and Spots are filling their niches - but Largemouth are NOT - you can fish HARD all day in upper lake areas and likely only see three or four decent LM bass -- on a good day
Even if the lake had 100% pure Florida strain fish, about all you are doing is supplemental stocking - for a lake now 36 years old if it EVER was going to produce a double digit Largemouth it would already have done so --
The howl in the background is too much competition for food, but hybrids were stocked when the lake was impounded in 1984 too -- and has produced heavier hybrids the the biggest largemouth -- and smallies to seven pounds --
Time to try something different, the definition of insanity, keep on doing the same things hoping for different results.
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