On March 28, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) stocked approximately 200,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings into Columbus and Aberdeen Lakes on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. The fish were reared at MDWFP's Turcotte Fish Hatchery near Canton.

According to Tyler Stubbs, MDWFP Fisheries Biologist, the goal of the Florida-strain bass stockings is to help increase the number of trophy-sized (> 5 pounds) bass in these two lakes.

He said Florida-strain largemouth bass typically grow faster and potentially grow larger than native bass.

A 14-inch minimum length limit is in effect on these two lakes to help increase the number of fish that reach larger sizes.