Lake Apopka gets a fresh load of largemouth bass

State wildlife experts poured thousands of baby largemouth bass Thursday into Lake Apopka, hoping to boost the sport fish population in the once-sickly lake. The tiny fish, known as fingerlings, quickly scattered in the olive-colored water, many darting under lily pads that offer protection from bigger fish and other predators.

“There goes your future trophy fish,” said Dennis Renfroe, fisheries resource manager for the state Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. This was the second straight year FWC added the game fish to the state’s fourth-largest lake, once considered the bass capital of the world and more recently known as one of Florida’s most polluted water bodies.

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