Stock Tiger Bass To Maintain Strong Genetics
Lakes are confined areas. Eventually, fish will in-breed. To maintain healthy genetics, key for growing big bass, new blood lines must be stocked every few years. Tiger Bass are a proven method for success.
Tigers are an F-1 cross between Northern and pure Florida bass. Northerns are aggressive and bite vigorously, but lack the genetic potential to exceed approximately 8 pounds. Floridas possess trophy traits. Once reaching 10+ pounds, however, Floridas become hard to catch, especially with artificial lures. Tigers are the best of both qualities. With proper forage, they achieve 2-pound annual growth rates.
Stocking a new lake? Start with 50 2-inch fingerlings per acre. Every three years, refresh genetics by adding 50 fingerlings per acre, two years in a row. Have a 5 or 10-year-old lake and want to introduce Tiger Bass genes? Stock 50 fingerlings per acre three years in a row. Wait three years, and stock two years in a row. Repeat three year/two year cycle for the life of the lake.
Bass are top-line predators and eat anything that fits in their mouths. Besides other fish, that includes crawfish, snakes, frogs, mice, birds, or other prey passing through its territory. We’ve even seen a small turtle in a bass stomach.
Maintain an abundant food chain. Regularly harvest bass 14 inches and under to prevent bass from overpopulating. You can grow trophies. Want to know more, give us a call. We’re available to consult on your pond or lake.
American Sport Fish begins Tiger Bass deliveries in June. Pricing for Tiger Bass fingerlings is $1.65 each, plus delivery. Call us to get on the list. For Texas & Oklahoma clients, give us a ring at (903) 564-5372. For Alabama and other southern states, you can reach us at (334)-281-7703. Or contact us here.