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Would fishing improve if lakes and rivers were stocked with more fish?

In most cases, stocking of common fish like bass, bluegill, or crappie will not improve fisheries in natural waters.  The limiting factors of water quality and habitat influence the number of fish that can live in a particular body of water. Exceptions are lakes which receive high fishing pressure, such as state reservoirs and lakes in urban areas, and these are managed accordingly.