JACKSON - On Wednesday, April 11th, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 161,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Eagle Lake. The fish were reared at MDWFP's Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton. "We've been stocking largemouth bass into Eagle Lake for several years and it has been very successful," stated MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Jerry Brown.
Recent winter population evaluations on Eagle Lake have indicated an increase in the bass population. According to Brown, Florida-strain largemouth bass have the potential to reach trophy sizes.
Anglers should be aware that a 16-inch minimum length limit is in effect on Eagle Lake to protect small bass from harvest.
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