Photos: False River bass fingerlings release

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Florida strain black bass fingerlings are placed into oxygenated bags by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist manager Kristi Butler and LDWF intern Richard Buckland at the False River public boat landing in New Roads on Thursday afternoon. LDWF, with assistance from area bass anglers, released 6,000 Florida strain black bass fingerling into False River. The stocking of the Florida strain will add its genetics to the local population to produce bigger, hardier fighting bass in False River, and help bring it back to the productive fishery it was in the past.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries technician Tracy Andrews nets a bunch of Florida strain black bass fingerlings from a tank on aLDWF truck parked at the False River public boat landing in New Roads Thursday afternoon, preparing them to be bagged for distribution. LDWF, with assistance from area bass anglers, released 6,000 fingerlings into False River, so that the Florida strain can add its genetics to the local population, to produce bigger, harder-fighting bass in False River, and help bring it back to the productive fishery it was in the past.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist manager Rachel Walley, right, hands one of several bags of Florida strain black bass fingerlings to Central, La. anglers Jeffery Higgs, left, and Mason Savant, center, at the False River public boat landing in New Roads Thursday afternoon. Behind Walley, at right, is LDWF technician supervisor Andre LaFosse. LDWF, with assistance from area bass anglers, released 6,000 Florida strain black bass fingerling into False River Thursday, so that the Florida strain can add its genetics to the local population, to produce bigger, harder-fighting bass in False River, and help bring it back to the productive fishery it was in the past.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- False River resident Tommy Bryan, one of many area bass anglers volunteering to help distribute 6,000 Florida strain black bass fingerlings into False River Thursday, maneuvers his boat toward the public boat landing, to receive his bags of fish. He had a release spot picked out where he thought the small bass could find shelter and safety, as they continue to grow, he said.