Wildlife and Fisheries puts 16,000 bass into Pearl River

This week, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stocked over 16,000 largemouth bass in the Pearl River as part of the Department's planned recovery efforts in the wake of last year's fish kill.

This is the Department's second stocking effort following the Temple-Inland incident in 2011 that killed over 500,000 fish and freshwater mussels in the river.  The bass were raised and distributed from the Department's Monroe Fish Hatchery in north Louisiana.  Northern largemouth bass are native to the Pearl River.

A three-year sampling effort to monitor the recovery of the river will be initiated later this year.  Two additional ponds of Northern bass are dedicated to the Pearl River restoration effort and will be harvested and stocked based on need.