RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will stock Lake Norman with 177,500 striped bass in early June—15,000 more fish than is normally stocked into the reservoir every year.
The additional fish, which measure 2 to 3 inches in length, are being stocked to help compensate for the loss of fish during a July 2010 fish kill.
After the fish kill, biologists collected more than 7,000 dead striped bass and assumed that another 20 percent, or 1,400 fish, were picked up by other people or sank to the bottom of the reservoir. Assuming 8,400 striped bass died and using harvest rates and natural mortality rates estimated for striped bass in other Southeast reservoirs, they determined that stocking 15,000 additional fish would return catch rates to where they would have been in 2013 if the fish kill last summer had not occurred.
“Two years, or 2013, is the time frame because it takes two years for stocked fish to reach 16 inche