FRANKFORT - Excess largemouth bass production at the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery in Morehead will benefit stream anglers in central and north-central Kentucky.
“We had some leftover fish from the largemouth bass stocking initiative,” explained David Baker, stream biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We wanted to do something to try to help some streams. So we stocked roughly 31,000 excess 5-inch advanced fingerling largemouth bass.”
The statewide size limit on largemouth bass is 12 inches.
Stoner Creek in Bourbon County, the South Fork of Licking River in Harrison County and the main Licking River in Harrison, Nicholas and Robertson counties all received largemouth bass stockings in early October. Eagle Creek in Scott, Grant and Owen counties also received largemouth bass, in addition to Pool 4 and Pool 9 on the Kentucky River.
Baker and crew stocked 500 largemouth bass each at two locations along Stoner Creek in Bourbon County. They placed 500 largemouth bass each at four places on the South Fork of Licking River: the Lair Ramp, the Terry Dam Ramp, also known as Airport Road Ramp, the Cynthiana Ramp and the Robinson Dam Ramp. All these locations are in Harrison County.
The main Licking River received 5,000 largemouth bass apiece at the Clay Wildlife Management Area Ramp in Nicholas County, the Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Ramp and the Claysville Ramp in Robertson County.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife stocked 500 largemouth bass on Eagle Creek at the Sadieville Ramp in Scott County, at the Petitt Pike Ford in Grant County and at the Sparta City Park carry down access in Owen County. Pool 4 of the Kentucky River got 5,500 largemouth bass at the Benson Creek Boat Ramp in Frankfort while Pool 9 received the same amount of largemouth bass at the Boonesborough State Park Boat Ramp.
Baker said the stockings targeted the impounded areas and slower moving sections of these streams and rivers. “Those areas make the best stream largemouth bass habitat,” he said. “These stockings should help offset what looks like a poor reproduction year from the wet spring and summer. With hope, these stockings will result better largemouth bass fishing in these areas in the future.”