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Inks Dam NFH Supplying Catfish for the Fort Hood 2013 Summer Sport Fish Season

Region 2, June 19, 2013
Catfish being released from the Natural & Cultural Resource Management Branch fish trailer into Larned Lake.
Catfish being released from the Natural & Cultural Resource Management Branch fish trailer into Larned Lake. - Photo Credit: n/a
Fisheries Biologist Virginia Sanders transporting catfish to Engineer Lake in a dip net.
Fisheries Biologist Virginia Sanders transporting catfish to Engineer Lake in a dip net. - Photo Credit: n/a
Fisheries Biologist Virginia Sanders transporting catfish to Engineer Lake in a dip net.
Fisheries Biologist Virginia Sanders transporting catfish to Engineer Lake in a dip net. - Photo Credit: n/a
Natural Resource Specialist Walt Webb opening the gate on the fish trailer tank at Nolan Lake.
Natural Resource Specialist Walt Webb opening the gate on the fish trailer tank at Nolan Lake. - Photo Credit: n/a

The Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery in Burnet, TX will once again be supplying channel catfish to support the Fort Hood sport fishing program.

 

Read on to hear about some of the exciting catches at Fort Hood and additional information on the program.
















Fort Hood Summer Sport Fish Season

by Virginia Sanders, Fish Biologist for the Fort Hood Natural and Cultural Resource Management Branch, and Paul Dorman, Inks Dam NFH Project Leader.

The Fort Hood Natural and Cultural Resource Management Branch receive the catfish directly from the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery (NFH) in Burnet, Texas. Inks Dam NFH and the Natural and Cultural Resource Management Branch have worked together through reimbursable agreements for the past 10 years to provide sport fishing opportunities on the military base. On June 19th, several Fort Hood ponds were stocked with over 900 pounds of channel catfish. Airfield, Engineer, Larned and Nolan Lakes all received four year old channel catfish which at an average of 25 inches were well over the legal fish length of 12 inches.

Inks Dam NFH typically supplies 13 inch channel catfish for stocking the military base waters’ but every June “retired” broodstock are provided from the hatchery for stocking and some additional fishing excitement. A few days after stocking, game warden Donald Mathes reported that an angler’s pole was carried into the water by what he suspected was a very large catfish. Anglers are not expecting to catch catfish of this size which averaged five pounds during this June stocking.

Six times throughout the year channel catfish are stocked into installation reservoirs for an annual total of 3,800 pounds. The fish are purchased with funds received through the sale of Fort Hood fishing permits. Fort Hood’s sport fishing program is open to active duty military, DOD civilians, contractors and the public after these anglers purchase both a Texas Parks and Wildlife fishing license and a Fort Hood fishing permit. Each year approximately 3,000 anglers purchase Fort Hood fishing permits. Fort Hood has over 200 reservoirs and hundreds of miles of streams.

The Fort Hood Fish Stocking Report can be found at:
http://www.hoodmwr.com/sportsmen'scenter_images/stocking_report.htm

Contact Info: Jessie Jobs, 505-248-6970, jessie_jobs@fws.gov