FWC News Release

April 7, 2008
Contact: Gabriella Ferraro, 772-215-9459

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will stock 15,400 sunshine bass into the Osborne chain of lakes on Tuesday, April 8.

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 goal was to control abundant gizzard shad populations in nutrient-rich lakes.

The stocks of sunshine bass will be divided between five lakes: Lake Catherine (400), Lake Clark (1,400), Lake Ida (3,000), Lake Osborne (10,000) and Lake Pine (600).

For the best photo or video opportunity, meet at the boat ramp at John Prince Park, on the north side of Lake Osborne in Lake Worth, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Call Gabriella Ferraro, FWC South Region public information coordinator, for more specific meeting times at 772-215-9459.