Mo., Ark. at Odds Over Stocking Bass
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri and Arkansas are at odds over plans to stock Missouri's section of a large lake with striped bass.
Despite opposition from Arkansas officials, the Missouri Department of Conservation has decided to stock 16,000 striped bass fingerlings in the Missouri side of Bull Shoals Lake, a popular fishing lake that lies mostly across the state line in Arkansas. Striped bass, which grow to more than 60 pounds, likely would end up on the Arkansas side of the lake, where some people don't want them.
The Springfield News-Leader reports there are concerns in Arkansas that the striped bass will eat other game fish or compete with them for food, and that anglers who seek striped bass at nearby Arkansas lakes will instead head to Bull Shoals for fishing,