October 19, 2006
Frankfort, Kentucky – Biologists recently stocked
largemouth bass in nine Kentucky lakes as part of the second year
of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’
Largemouth Bass Initiative. Minor Clark Hatchery near Morehead and
Pfeiffer Hatchery near Frankfort produced 138,500 largemouth bass
between 4- to 6-inches long.
The Largemouth Bass Initiative takes a proactive approach to bass
stocking by sampling lakes in fall to determine the success of the
preceding spring’s spawn of largemouth bass. Those lakes that
experienced poor spawning the previous spring get a stocking of
largemouth bass that fall.
“We were able to stock 13,000 or so in Green River Lake this year
and over 23,000 in Yatesville Lake,” said Chris Hickey, black bass
research biologist for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.
Seven other Kentucky lakes received stockings of thousands of 4-
to 6-inch largemouth bass. Carr Creek Lake in southeastern
Kentucky received 7,241 while Taylorsville Lake received 15,350.
Laurel River Lake near London received 56,043 largemouth bass
while nearby Woods Creek Lake, current home of the 13-pound,
10.4-ounce Kentucky state record largemouth bass, received 6,920.
Southeastern Kentucky’s Buckhorn Lake received 12,480 largemouth
bass while A.J. Jolly in northern Kentucky received 2,040. Beaver
Lake in Anderson County received 1,580 largemouth bass. These
stockings took place in September and early October.
Stable weather this past spring improved the largemouth bass spawn
and should lead to better fishing in a few years.
“We had great environmental conditions last spring,” Hickey said,
“so we didn’t need to stock as many lakes as we did last year. We
had favorable spawning this past spring. It is important for
anglers to realize that they won’t see the benefits of these
stockings and this good spawn until three to four years down the
The same stable weather conditions also improved production of
largemouth bass at the hatcheries. “The hatcheries produced nearly
20,000 more bass this year using the same number of ponds,” said
Ryan Oster, federal aid coordinator for the fisheries division of
the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “All of their hard work benefits
the anglers of Kentucky.”