Stocking Striped Bass
For Future Trophy Striper Fishing
On Lake Ouachita
The Lake Ouachita Striped Bass population is
maintained only by the continued professional monitoring and stocking by
our local game and fish hatchery. Through growth rate surveys on Striped
Bass, baitfish density studies on Lake Ouachita, and other in-depth
studies, they determine the quantity of stripers to stock in Lake
Ouachita each year.
Their efforts have made Lake Ouachita an
excellent fishery for all species of game fish. Yet, more importantly to
Striper fisherman, Lake Ouachita has become the Trophy Striped Bass
Capital of the country. Consistently yielding large numbers of trophy
class striped bass each year.
Striped Bass are raised locally at our own
Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery in Hot Springs, AR. Lake Ouachita is the
main brood stock source for Arkansas as well as several other states
when it comes to producing top quality trophy striped bass.
Fingerling stripers are (above photos)
stocked into Lake Ouachita twenty to fifty thousand at a time at various
locations around the lake. Our Game and Fish biologists determine the
locations and quantity each will receive based upon their extensive
studies and monitoring of Lake Ouachita.
(Striped Bass Fingerling
Photos Courtesy of Arkansas Game and Fish)