NEW ROADS—The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries made a lot of local fishermen happy Thursday afternoon when state officials rolled into town with approximately 6,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings which were released into False River as part of the ongoing efforts to return the ailing oxbow lake to its former glory as a fishing paradise.

The bass stocking is just a component of a much larger comprehensive restoration plan for False River, but for the fishermen that frequently haunted the 10.5 mile-long lake during its glory days more than 20 years ago, the prospect of being able to one day soon cull a bountiful catch of trophy bass from its waters again is a crowning achievement.