Striped Bass Stocked in Pacific Ocean in 1879?
An impossible trip for most men. But Dr.Livingston Stone of the U.S. Fish Commission ( forerunner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), was not like most men, he was up to the challenge. He had the vision and attitude that he could do it. His charge was to get the striped bass to California alive.
The fish were carried in wooded barrels and milk cans and cooled by ice, Dr. Stone's crew changed the water every 2 hours when possible and agitation was done by hand 24 hours a day. After days of continuous care, most all of the fish arrived in good shape. In the 1881 trip to California DR Stone had devised a cylinder with tiny holes in the bottom when filled with water and held over the cans released a fine spray of air enriched water.
Despite Indians, rickety bridges, poor rail beds, dry plains and the Rocky Mountains and having to improvising ways to keep the fragile fingerlings stripers alive he accomplished his mission. Today the Striped Bass is one of Californias top-ranking sport fish. With about 300,000 anglers fishing for stripers annually catching over 200,000 fish, adding over $24 million to the economy all directly related to striped bass fishing.
Thanks to the early fisheries pioneers, men and women with vision and fortitude, we can enjoy the great sport of striper fishing across this great nation of ours.
Today dedicated fisheries biologist across our great nation, with that same attitude of vision and fortitude, follow in the footsteps of men like Dr. Livingston Stone, continuing on the journey into the future.
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Striped Bass Life Cycle
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Striper Age Weight Chart
Best Times To Catch Stripers
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