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FWC stocks Lake Osborne chain with sunshine bass

News Release

Friday, September 24, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently stocked the Lake Osborne chain of lakes in Palm Beach County with approximately 20,000 sunshine bass - a hybrid striped bass. This chain of inter-connected waters includes Lake Osborne, the largest body of water in the chain; Lake Ida; Lake Pine and others. The FWC reminds anglers that there is an opportunity to tap into this underutilized fishery resource. 

The average size of the stocked fish was approximately 5 inches. In fact, because these fish are larger, they will make an immediate impact on fishing in the Osborne chain this fall and winter. 

Sunshine bass are hatchery-produced by FWC biologists and stocked in selected rivers and lakes. Sunshine bass were developed by the FWC with two goals in mind. The first was to create and maintain a new fishery that would supplement existing native species. The second was to control abundant gizzard shad populations in nutrient-rich lakes.

The sunshine bass fishery in the Lake Osborne chain has the potential to handle more fishing activity. Sampling indicates plenty of forage fish in the system, which should fuel good growth of the stocked sunshine bass.

For best results, FWC biologists say anglers should fish in or around schools of baitfish in the open water, and use live bait (shiners or shad). Anglers can also target sunshines in deep holes, using baitfish-imitating lures.

The FWC stocks the Lake Osborne chain of lakes every year with sunshine bass. Because it is a sport fish, specific bag and size-limit regulations apply, and you can register a qualifying catch as part of the FWC's "Big Catch" program. For more on freshwater fishing opportunities in South Florida, view the FWC's South Region fishing guide.

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