Florida Freshwater Fish Hatcheries--Stocking Programs



Bluegill fingerlings (Phase I)

Bluegill subadults (Phase II) 13,366
Redear Sunfish Fingerlings 342,432
Florida largemouth bass fingerlings 741,062
Florida largemouth bass subadults (Advanced) 207,495
Sunshine bass (hybrid) fingerlings 607,805
Sunshine bass (hybrid) subadults 11,830 
Striped bass fingerlings 190,204
Channel catfish fingerlings 440,743
Channel catfish subadults 218,437
Black Crappie Fingerlings 106,000 
Triploid Grass Carp 717



Florida's two freshwater hatcheries stocked nearly 3.4 million fish during Fiscal Year 2014-15, which ended June 30, 2015. Stocking summaries from the most recent years are available in the list below. Also check out the interactive stocking map to see which species were stocked near you.

stocked sign

Links below show recent stocking histories and provide articles about hatchery operations.

Glossary of terms. Adobe PDF

MAP of Stocking Sites. External Website


Check out the "Hatchery Tracker" posts at FWC's new Freshwater Fishing Blog!

 Hatchery Tracker blog

The FWC operates two freshwater fish hatcheries for all of Florida.Fingerling Stocking

The Florida Bass Conservation Center is the larger, more modern facility located on Withlacoochee State Forest, in Sumter County. It has a visitor's observation area with informative displays, conducts research, and produces the majority of freshwater fish that are stocked in public freshwaters throughout the peninsula. They are also equipped to do fish health analyses and to provide samples for genetic analyses.

The Blackwater Hatchery is located in Santa Rosa County and is primarily responsible for bass stockings in the panhandle, and production of striped bass and sunshine bass.

Hatchery Truck

Two recent articles about the 2014 stocking year and hybrid striped bass provide more detailed information.

The hatchery program plays a key role in implementation of the Florida Black Bass Management Plan, especially the Fish Management action steps. The following articles seek to provide insights into hatchery operations:

Primary species stocked:

Glossary of terms


YouTube Overview of the FBCC


Feed training is an important new hatchery technique pioneered by FWC biologists for growing bigger largemouth bass for stocking. These larger "Phase-II" bass have fewer predators and can eat a wider range of prey when stocked than standard stocking bass, increasing their survival rate and stocking effectiveness. Read more about this innovative fish management technique here Adobe PDF.

Wire tagging of these larger Phase-II largemouth bass is a method of marking largemouth bass for research and fisheries enhancement purposes. You can learn more from the video below.

FW Video Wire Tagging

Watch the wire tagging video.



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