March 30th 2017
BASS RESTOCKING PROJECT
Hi all...looks like we were successful in re-stocking the lake with some 180 mature largemouth Bass. Roger Martin, his grandson Jason and I took the eleven hour round trip to Branford Florida on Thursday April 6th and picked up the Bass from Dave Walen Aquafarming. The Bass were all between 8 and 12 inches long and weighed between a half pound and one and a half pounds each. We released them in two areas in the lake, one on the west end and one on the east end, late Thursday evening.
We are told that because we have such a good crop of spawning Tilapia and Bluegill in the lake that the new Bass could gain as much as a pound to a pound and a half in the next year and because the new Bass are close to three years old now and are already in spawning mode we could see a continuing crop of good largemouth in the future.
There are a number of pictures on the website (SEE PROJECT LARGEMOUTH ) of the quarry lake where Dave Walen has his operation. The lake is a beautiful clear blue quarry lake that has sections that are fifty feet deep and contains more than a hundred thousand (100,000) Bass including a number of very large Bass in the 12 to 15 pound range.
I would like to give a special thanks for the support of those people who contributed funds to the project, the LSPOA, Dennis McQuade, Phil Scott, George King, Randy Williams, Tom Hutt and Jack Boyer and a special thanks to Roger and his grandson Jason....especially Jason. Without his young legs the trip would never have gone as smooth as it did. Jason did all of the running from the waters edge holding cages to the aerated containers in the truck with nets full of live bass. That trip (at least 30 times) was up a steep and slippery 50 foot slope and I can assure you, Roger and I would have given up after two trips.
Again, thanks to everyone for the continued support and good fishing! (This comment and more pictures will be on the website www.lspoa.net shortly as well as in the next LSPOA newsletter). If I have missed anyone or have their wrong email address please pass this on to them.
PS...PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE WHEN FISHING FOR THE BASS SO THAT WE CAN ALL ENJOY THE PLEASURES OF OUR PARADISE FOR YEARS TO COME !