Patoka Lake stocked with striped bass, hybrids

By Herald Staff

PATOKA LAKE — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently completed its annual stocking of striped bass and hybrid striped bass across several lakes in Indiana, including Patoka Lake.

DNR stocked Patoka Lake with 11,353 striped bass and 44,000 hybrids.

Indiana does not have the native sources to spawn striped and hybrid striped bass. DNR relies on commercial sources and state partners to supply fry for its hatchery system. In 2021, East Fork State Fish Hatchery staff developed a new relationship with the Jack D. Bayless Fish Hatchery in St. Stephen, South Carolina. The hatchery supplied Indiana with 500,000 striped bass fry. Good conditions in the hatchery ponds resulted in a surplus of fingerlings.

The fish stocked in 2021 should reach a fishable size of 14 inches in 2023 and begin to exceed 20 inches in 2024. Thanks to stockings like this, Indiana anglers can look forward to continued quality striped and hybrid striped bass fishing opportunities.

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