Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Bluegill Stocked into Delta Oxbow Lakes
JACKSON - The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) recently stocked Coppernose Bluegill into two Delta oxbow lakes. Approximately 179,000 fish were stocked into Bee Lake, an oxbow lake in Holmes County that is still recovering from extensive flooding during 2011. Moon Lake, a 2,300 acre lake located in Coahoma County, received 104,000 Bluegill.
"The Bluegill is a common species of bream which are very popular with anglers. They also are a primary prey species for bass and crappie, so increasing their numbers should benefit other sport fish species as well," says MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Nathan Aycock. According to Aycock, Coppernose Bluegill can be distinguished from native fish by a distinct copper band across the head of male fish. The fish were reared at MDWFP's North Mississippi Fish Hatchery, a state-of-the-art fish hatchery, located near Enid. MDWFP's hatcheries produce fish for stocking in public waters throughout Mississippi.
For more information regarding fish or fishing in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at 601-432-2212.
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