Jeffrey R. Horne

Mortality and Growth of Young-of-year Wild Largemouth Bass following Stocking of Hatchery-reared Fingerlings

Stocking hatchery-reared largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) fingerlings to supplement wild populations is a common practice, but assessment of the influence of such stocking practices on the wild population is less common. In September 2007 and 2008, we estimated abundance of wild young (age 0 and age 1, respectively) largemouth bass in backwaters of the Arkansas River before and after stocking with hatchery-reared largemouth bass (100-150 mm TL). Two backwaters were sampled as reference populations, four backwaters were unstocked for comparison with stocked locations. Five...