The AGFC Fisheries Division is revising the State Striped Bass/Hybrid Striped Bass management plan.
ONLY Ouachita, Beaver, Norfork, Hamilton will receive striper stockings.
Hybrid stocking will stop in Hamilton, Beaver and Norfork.
Topics covered at the Lake Ouachita Fisheries Management Plan Up Date Meeting June 2016:
Spring 2016 Electrofishing
Spotted Bass minimum length limit.
Fish Cover Habitat work.
Past Smallmouth bass introduction.
Florida largemouth bass genetics
2007 -20010 Creel Survey.
Striped Bass age and growth rate.
In Attendance From the Arkansas Game and fish Commission:
Chris Racey - Chief of Fisheries
Asst. Chief of Fisheries Region 2 - Jason Olive
District Fisheries Supervisor - Brett Hobbs
Fisheries Management Biologist - Sean Lusk
Black Bass Program Supervisor - Colton Dennis
Black Bass Program Assistant - Jeff Buckingham
Fisheries Pathologist & Genetics - Kelly Winningham
Beaver and Norfork due their Striper Organizational efforts have had the advantage over Lake Ouachita despite their smaller size.
That can be changed.
Squeaking wheel gets the grease. Lake Ouachita Striper community has been quiet.
More facts and research on striped bass were presented in meeting than ever before.
The 2007 - 2010 Creel survey is being completed by Sean Lusk Biologist District 8.
A NEW 1 year creel survey on Lake Ouachita will begin September 2016 and will run until Sept 2017.
Prompted by LOSBA meeting.
A study on Striped Bass growth using the Otoliths, commonly known as "earstones," which are hard, calcium carbonate structures located directly behind the brain of bony fishes is underway, Sean Lusk Biologist in Charge.
The Smallmouth stocking in Ouachita will be suspended.
Also discussed with AGFC and Corps personnel in attendance was Dock situation at Brady.
Read more: http://www.lakeouachita.org/lake-ouachita-fisheries-management-plan-2016.html