Press Release

Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Striped and Hybrid Management in Altamaha Basin

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (5/11/2012)

Striped bass and hybrid striped bass management in Altamaha River basin lakes, such as Jackson, Oconee, Sinclair, High Falls, Tobesofkee, and Juliette will be discussed at an upcoming public meeting on June 5, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). 

The Ocmulgee and Oconee rivers combine below the reservoirs mentioned above to form the Altamaha.  In 2005, following a plan that received angler support, WRD began phasing in striped bass stockings instead of hybrid striped bass in those reservoirs to help in recovery efforts of the native striped bass population in the Altamaha River. 

During the initial stages of striped bass recovery efforts, WRD collected large numbers of hybrid striped bass from the river that were believed to be migrating through dams and traveling downstream.  The phasing-in of striped bass in Altamaha basin reservoirs was proposed to help solve the problem of hybrid “escapement” from upstream reservoirs.  It was also a goal that the stocking of striped bass would have the additional benefit of providing anglers with a larger fish (over 10 pounds) while helping to restore the striped bass population in the river itself.  

At this meeting, WRD biologists will share population information gathered since the transition to stocking striped bass, accept angler input, and review the efforts to date on striped bass recovery efforts in the Altamaha basin.   

The meeting will be June 5, 2012 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Georgia Power Company - Plant-Harlee Branch Facility (Assembly Room) in Milledgeville (1100 Milledgeville Road, 31061).  

This meeting site is accessible to people with physical disabilities.  Requests for additional special needs assistance should be directed to 478-825-6151 no later than May 25, 2012. 

For more information on this scheduled public meeting, call 478-825-6151. 

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