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#12252391 - 05/18/17 07:23 PM Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective
Bruce Allen Offline
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For years and years TPWD has been stocking LF with Florida strain fingerlings. But never venturing beyond the boat ramps where they dump them because they felt that putting them into boats to take to the back of creeks to many would die before they got in the water.

Yesterday with organization mainly by the Lake Fork Sportsman's Assoc putting together a plan and then providing the volunteers to spread them thru out the lake in the back of creeks. Members in boats mostly from the Lake Fork Anglers,
a couple of guides, and some individuals. The live release boat with a crew of 4 took over 150,000 fry to disperse into Birch Creek (you'll have to ask them where).
And 10-20 individuals with coolers took many more to distribute.

First all of the buckets, live wells and LRB tanks were filled with lake water to at least 6 inches. Then the baby bass were bagged much like you do with shiners for crappie using lake water, with oxygen being added to each bag so that they could do at least an hour before being released. The bass were free swimming in the 300 gallon tanks on the LRB and lifted out with special nets that were previously placed in the bottom for that reason.

Despite the fact that it was blowing very hard and the lake had 4' rollers about the time the boats left everyone was able to disperse their passengers into the back of many creeks.

The fisheries folks said there were 276,000 altogether. And that in about 6-7 years when they start doing the DNA studies on those SAL's they will know if it worked by their DNA.

We hope in the future that the scientists will again make use of the volunteers in future stockings.
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#12252403 - 05/18/17 07:29 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Thanks for sharing that Bruce and thanks for all the volunteers for going above and beyond. It will take efforts like this to maintain Lake Fork as a premier lake into the future. Now if we could just get the hydrilla back.
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#12252413 - 05/18/17 07:41 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Great work, thank you to all involved.

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#12252428 - 05/18/17 07:55 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Awesome!!! Thanks to all who participated! Put the word out and I'm sure you would have many more willing and wanting to participate!

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#12252439 - 05/18/17 08:01 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: GROD]
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Originally Posted By: GROD
Awesome!!! Thanks to all who participated! Put the word out and I'm sure you would have many more willing and wanting to participate!


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#12252457 - 05/18/17 08:14 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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thanks to all that helped
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#12252719 - 05/18/17 10:20 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
Bruce Allen Offline
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the hydrilla is back, very thick in some creeks to the point that you can't hardly get thru it

Caught several fish out of it during today's tournament on the main lake shorelines
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#12252948 - 05/19/17 07:58 AM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Nice work. Thanks Bruce for sharing. I appreciate your organizations hard work.
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#12253012 - 05/19/17 08:34 AM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Thats great news.
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#12253887 - 05/19/17 06:06 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Great job to you all.

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#12254154 - 05/19/17 09:21 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Great job to be sure. Partnerships are the most cost-effective and efficient way to get fisheries management projects done.

Standard procedure is to boat-stock largemouth bass. Fork has been boat-stocked with largemouth bass in the past. This is what the TPWD stocking procedures manual says:

"Largemouth bass
• Fry and fingerlings should be stocked from a boat into the best available inshore habitat (vegetated areas are preferred).
• No more than approximately 10,000 fingerlings should be released per 1-km transect.
• Stocking locations should be no closer than 2 km apart."

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#12254493 - 05/20/17 09:02 AM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
Bruce Allen Offline
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what ever it said in their instructions was not happening. They were afraid the fry would die before they reached a destination in the back of creeks so for the most part they dumped them at the 154 and 515 east ramps.

Some years back someone said they were crappie fishing on the 154 bridge and a whole bunch were dumped from the bridge.
And the water was boiling with sand bass eating them.
Not confirmed. Second hand info.

The LFSA has now identified 12 locations on private boat ramps where they can bring their 5th wheel trailer truck in with the fry and be able to turn around where they can be placed in the back of creeks. With permissions from the owners. But on Wednesday they were going with the volunteer participation.
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#12254634 - 05/20/17 11:25 AM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Once again Bruce, thank you for all you do.

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#12254727 - 05/20/17 01:30 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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#12254967 - 05/20/17 06:15 PM Re: Stocking Lake Fork done from a layman's perspective [Re: Bruce Allen]
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Originally Posted By: Bruce Allen
what ever it said in their instructions was not happening. They were afraid the fry would die before they reached a destination in the back of creeks so for the most part they dumped them at the 154 and 515 east ramps.

Some years back someone said they were crappie fishing on the 154 bridge and a whole bunch were dumped from the bridge.
And the water was boiling with sand bass eating them.
Not confirmed. Second hand info.

The LFSA has now identified 12 locations on private boat ramps where they can bring their 5th wheel trailer truck in with the fry and be able to turn around where they can be placed in the back of creeks. With permissions from the owners. But on Wednesday they were going with the volunteer participation.


Once again, the fact is that TPWD has boat-stocked LMB in Fork in the past. Saying that it has never happened is incorrect. If a bunch of laymen can safely transport fish, so can TPWD. If they've never been stocking Fork properly it sure doesn't seem like it from the number of trophy largemouth bass fork has produced over decades.

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