2,000 “Freeze Brand” Largemouth Stocked Into West Point
These bass will be easily recognized because of a freeze branding technique.
Georgia has stocked 2,000, 10-inch largemouth bass into West Point Lake, and fishermen will be able to tell if they catch one of those fish.
The bass carry a brand that makes them easy to identify.
“We freeze brand them with dry ice,” said Brent Hess, Fisheries Biologist II from the District I office in LaGrange. “We touch them with dry ice, and it leaves a mark in a conspicuous place.”
The purpose of the brand is to allow fishery biologists to identify the stocked fish during future sampling, said Region I Supervisor Jim Hakala. He said it is the first year the fish have been branded, even though the stocking of largemouth bass in West Point has been ongoing annually since 2016.
“We can possibly change the brand from year to year to identify what year the fish were stocked when we do our sampling,” he said.
Fisherman are not required to contact Fisheries when they catch one of the fish, “but they can surely send us a picture if they like,” Hakala said.
“These fish were part of our normal hatchery production, but these fish were held longer and averaged 10-inches long,” Hess said.
West Point Lake Record Fish
|Largemouth Bass||14-lbs., 2-ozs.||Richard Little||04/15/1988|
|Spotted Bass||6-lbs., 9-ozs.||Wendell Young||02/07/1990|
|White Crappie||3-lbs., 14-ozs.||Willie Arnold||02/15/1989|
|Black Crappie||3-lbs., 6-ozs.||Edward Cagle||03/14/1996|
|Hybrid Bass||14-lbs., 12.75-ozs.||Dustin Pate||03/13/2009|
|Shoal Bass||3-lbs., 7-ozs.||Danny Swafford||08/02/1997|
|Blue Catfish||61-lbs.||Jerrimie Tolbert||10/22/2022|
|Flathead Catfish||48-lbs.||Mike Felter||08/22/2020|
|Yellow Perch||1-lb., 2.4-ozs.||Toney Booker||11/18/2017|
|Channel Catfish||16-lbs., 7.5-ozs.||Owen Knabe||4/22/2018|
|Striped Bass||36-lbs., 2.72-ozs.||Mike Bradford||03/08/2019|
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