fwc stocks orange lake
More than 100,000 bass fingerlings now call Orange Lake home after the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stocked the recovering lake. Orange Lake, about 20 miles southeast of Gainesville, is a 12,550-acre fish management area. Recent fish surveys revealed depressed fish populations, particularly largemouth bass. “When water levels are high, the lake has a first-class bass fishery,” said Allen Martin, FWC regional freshwater fish biologist. “However, during the last couple of years, the lake was reduced to approximately one-tenth its normal size due to drought conditions, which impacted the fishery.” Now that water levels are at the highest point they’ve been in 10 years, the FWC wants to rebuild the bass fishery. “Since existing populations are so low right now, the fingerlings should help jump-start the Orange Lake recovery,” Martin said. “Someone’s future TrophyCatch is now swimming in Orange Lake.”
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