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DNR AND Partners Stock Largemouth Bass In Middle River

Specially tagged fish will provide valuable information on movement of largemouth bass

Releasing a bass

Middle River, Md. (October 31, 2011) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Inland Fisheries Biologists along with volunteers from the Maryland Bass Federation Nation released 250 largemouth bass on October 21, into several high-quality locations in Middle River as part of DNR’s bass fishing enhancement program.

“This partnership between DNR and avid largemouth bass anglers will hopefully teach us something about the behavior of the fish. We hope that these bass will stay in Middle River for a long time,” said DNR Tidal Bass Program Manager Joe Love. “We encourage anglers to release their largemouth bass catch to help with the efforts to restore a sustainable population in Middle River.”

DNR staff inserted red identification tags into 200 of the fish as part of a study to find out if the bass remain in the river. Any angler who catches a tagged fish and provides the date and location along with the tag number to DNR will earn a collectable Largemouth Bass Program Volunteer hat. The DNR Bass Program return address is printed on the tag along with the four-digit code. Anglers may also call Joe Love with the information at 410-260-8257.

This is the third consecutive year that DNR has released adult, 4- to 12-inch largemouth bass in Middle River. This year, approximately twenty percent of the fish came from the State’s Joseph Manning Hatchery in the Cedarville State Forest near Brandywine. The rest of the fish came from a Maryland-certified commercial hatchery in Arkansas using funds provided by the Maryland Bass Federation Nation, M.R. Bass, and local businesses, including Domino Foods, Inc. of Baltimore.

For more information on the program, visit dnr.maryland.gov/fisheries/bass/.

To learn more about the Maryland Bass Federation Nation, go to MDBASS.com.

Keep up with the Maryland Fisheries Service by following @MDDNRFISH on Twitter.


   October 31, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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