Frankfort, Ketucky - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife
Resources (KDFWR) will provide a one-time, supplemental stocking of
52,000 largemouth bass fingerlings in the Kentucky River this
Thursday, June 16.
KDFWR Fisheries Assistant Director Gerry Buynak says that this
stocking is a result of having additional bass available from the
Peter W. Pfeiffer Hatchery that were produced this spring.
"We produce largemouth and other species at the Pfeiffer Hatchery for
various stocking needs, including for the farm pond stocking program
the agency offers to landowners," said Buynak.
"This spring, we had some excess fingerlings and will be releasing
those fish in pools 13 and 14 of the Kentucky River," said Buynak.
This portion of the river is located in the Beattyville / Heidelberg
"Last year we stocked excess largemouth bass fingerlings in several
pools of the lower Kentucky River. We believe that this is a good use
of our excess production since the natural largemouth bass spawn in
the river was likely below average last year and this year due to
high spring water levels," Buynak noted.
The stocked bass will be about one and a half inches long, so it will
take a few years for anglers to see an increase in catchable size
largemouth in these waters. Buynak points out this stocking is not an
event that will occur each year. Instead, it is meant to give these
fisheries a shot in the arm using surplus stock which is occasionally
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