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Wednesday, January 31 • 11:00am - 11:20am
FISH PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR: Largemouth Bass Fingerling Production in Kansas: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

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AUTHORS. Josh Jagels, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism

ABSTRACT. Before 2010 the typical Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) production method in Kansas was pond spawning brood fish with removal of the fry with seines. This resulted in fish that were of varying size and age for further grow out in production ponds.  In 2009 a new largemouth bass production facility was completed at the Meade State Fish Hatchery to allow the intensive culture of largemouth bass fry. This new building opened up the possibility to spawn the northern stain brood fish earlier in the spring to hopefully produce a larger fingerling earlier than traditional pond spawning methods.The goals of early spawn largemouth were to produce a more uniform fingerling and produce fish earlier in the spring that could be stocked to take advantage of the shad spawn in some of our larger reservoirs. A study project was initiated in 2013 to analyze the stocking efficiency of two different sizes of largemouth bass. These two different sizes or phases of bass represented different challenges for our culture system both in culture techniques, pond space availability, and cost. 

Wednesday January 31, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am CST

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