Jackson – One of the top bass fishing tournament destinations just got better. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks released more than 200,000 fish this week in an effort to improve the overall fisheries at Columbus and Aberdeen Lakes.
At Columbus, 180,000 Florida strain bass were released while 80,000 were released at Aberdeen. Prestigious tournaments, such as the Bassmasters Elite Series have been held at Columbus and MDWFP District 1 Fisheries Biologist Larry Pugh said releasing these fish isn’t just a numbers game.
“What we’re trying to do is increase the Florida bass numbers in the population,” Pugh said. “Over time, this will be a benefit to the fisheries as a whole at both these locations.”
The fish were hatched at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery near Enid.