Anglers’ help needed for Istokpoga black crappie study
Monday, November 21, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3852
A free lunch and a chance to win a great prize are what
registered anglers will get when they volunteer to help out with a
black crappie (speckled perch) tagging study the morning of Dec. 3
on Lake Istokpoga.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is
conducting the catch-and-release tagging event in conjunction with
a "Family Fun Day" hosted by the Friends of Istokpoga Lake
To register, anglers can drop by Istokpoga Park on that Saturday
between 6 and 8 a.m. and sign up for the morning's fishing event.
Once registered, anglers will receive instruction on how to
participate in the tagging study. A cookout and drawings for
prizes, sponsored by Friends of Istokpoga, will follow the
morning's fish-tagging event.
During the next 12 months, FWC biologists will gather
information from anglers who report catching tagged fish. Any
anglers who catch a tagged fish will receive a reward if they call
the FWC number on the tag and then report the tag number, the
length of the fish, where on the lake they caught it and whether
they kept or released the fish.
The information provided by anglers to FWC fisheries biologists
will help document harvest rates and the size of fish being kept
and released, along with other vital information about the black
crappie fishery on Lake Istokpoga.
If you would like more information on the catch-and-release
tagging study, contact Bill Pouder with the FWC at