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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Doe Lake at Ocala National Forest stocked with thousands of catfish

Doe Lake at Ocala National Forest has been stocked with thousands of new catfish, according to a recent social media post from the U.S. Forest Service of Florida.

The organization says in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Welaka National Fish Hatchery, around 2,500 new catfish were stocked in the lake, which is located along 127th Street in Umatilla, within the Ocala National Forest.

U.S. National Forest Service restocking Doe Lake in Ocala National Forest
The U.S. National Forest Service restocked Doe Lake in Ocala National Forest

“The 1-year old channel catfish range from five to eight inches long and will reach catchable size in about a year,” reads the post.

The organization says that catfish are a sportfish opportunity in Ocala National Forest with native ties to local ponds and lakes.

“These catfish make an awesome catch when they grow to be full-sized,” reads the post.