Interested in a free lunch and the opportunity to win a great prize? Registered anglers are being asked to volunteer to help out with a black crappie (speckled perch) tagging study, to be held the morning of Dec. 3 on Lake Istokpoga.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is conducting the catch-and-release tagging event in conjunction with a "Family Fun Day" hosted by the Friends of Istokpoga Lake Association Inc.
To register, anglers can drop by Istokpoga Park on that Saturday between 6 and 8 a.m. and sign up for the morning's fishing event. Once registered, anglers will receive instruction on how to participate in the tagging study. A cookout and drawings for prizes, sponsored by Friends of Istokpoga, will follow the morning's fish-tagging event.
During the next 12 months, FWC biologists will gather information from anglers who report catching tagged fish. Any anglers who catch a tagged fish will receive a reward if they call the FWC number on the tag and then report the tag number, the length of the fish, where on the lake they caught it and whether they kept or released the fish.
The information provided by anglers to FWC fisheries biologists will help document harvest rates and the size of fish being kept and released, along with other vital information about the black crappie fishery on Lake Istokpoga
If you would like more information on the catch-and-release tagging study, contact Bill Pouder with the FWC at 863-648-3805.