The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in cooperation with the Red River Waterway Commission, recently stocked the Red River with more than 28,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings.

According to a press release, the 4- to 7-inch fingerlings were evenly distributed amongst the five pools of the river to improve fishing opportunities. 

“These fish should have a huge impact on recreational fishing,” LDWF Secretary Robert Barham said in the release. “A few years from now, some of these fish will grow to be 10 pounds or more.”

The stocking effort is part of a 5-year, $50,000 plan to stock bass fingerlings annually into the five pools of the river.

The fish were purchased from the American Sportfish Hatchery, and according to the release, an additional 12,000 fingerlings will be released by the department next month in Avoyelles Parish.