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October 29th, 2008

Urban lakes were stocked with 5-7 inch hybrid sunfish and redear sunfish on October 23.  These aggressive sunfish are stocked twice a year (fall and spring) to provide fishing fun for kids and families.  Fish sizes ran on the smaller side this last delivery, but our productive lakes should support rapid growth.  A truckload of over 21,000 fish were delivered from Arkansas, with each lake receiving 110-160 fish per surface acre.  Some of the sunfish are expected to last until the spring when they will reproduce in the lakes and provide more fish for the future.  Sunfish will bite all day long for anglers using small pieces of worms or mealworms on small hooks fished under a thin bobber and 2-4 lb. leaders.  Daily bag limits for sunfish are 10 fish per person at Urban Lakes and 5 fish per day at Urban Ponds.  The annual stocking of largemouth bass is expected to occur the week of Oct. 27 – Nov. 1 with over 8,000 fish on order.  Bass will be from 6-9 inches in length—below the 13-inch minimum size regulation.  Please carefully release these juvenile bass unharmed back into the water so they can grow to reproduce and bolster the current bass populations.

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