FWC stocks hybrid bass at Lake Bryant

Lake Bryant offers some of the best freshwater fishing for largemouth bass and bream in the region. To provide anglers with another species, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently stocked about 25,000 hybrid bass in the lake.

The fish should reach 8 to 10 inches in length in one year and 14 to 18 inches in length and 2 to 3 pounds in weight in two years, according to a press release. Fisheries staff will evaluate the effort over three years.

FWC Boating and Waterways staff recently refurbished the launching ramp at Lake Bryant and assisted in enlarging the parking area near the ramp.

For more information, visit www.Lakebryant.com.

Safe Boating Week events set to begin on Saturday

The National Safe Boating Week runs from Saturday through May 25.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Ocala Flotilla, will offer a free vessel safety-check station and public information booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ray Wayside Park, 9570 NE 28th Lane, Silver Springs.

The safety checks are courtesy examinations of boats to ensure they meet the state’s legal requirements. Boat owners who pass receive a 2012 VSC decal for their boat.

Those who don’t pass know exactly what is missing. No tickets will be issued.

For more information, call Charles Truthan at 245-1631 or visit http://a0701503.wow.uscgaux.info.