This Sunday is Father’s Day (don’t worry, you still have time to go buy a card!), and what better way to honor all of the hard-working, spider-killing, lawn-mowing fathers out there than to talk about fishing?
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute currently has a GIS map for fish stocking. If you didn’t know, fish stocking is the practice of raising fish in a confined environment and then releasing them into a body of water in order to either increase or create a fish population. By mapping where fish are being stocked, dads everywhere can be sure their next fishing trip is a success.
With an easy-to-navigate search function, you can click “Take Me to the Stocked Fish” and immediately see where fish have been stocked, the type of fish, and the year they were released.
Because fish released last year may not have yet grown be the prize-winning largemouth bass every dad is looking for, toggling the layers to only show releases from, say, 2013 and before can help fishermen know which lakes may hold the biggest catch.
Have a great Father’s Day weekend full of fun and fishing!