Changes to catch sizes for largemouth bass could be coming to 18 Texas lakes

In an effort to streamline largemouth bass fishing regulations, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division is proposing changes on 18 public lakes. Biologists said the changes are designed to enhance the fisheries.

Twelve of the 18 lakes would revert to a 14-inch minimum size limit for bass. Those lakes are Granbury, Possum Kingdom, Ratcliff, Bryan, Cooper, Old Mount Pleasant, Bridgeport, Burke-Crenshaw, Georgetown, Madisonville, San Augustine and Sweetwater. If the proposal is approved, Purtis Creek Lake and Lake Raven, both in state parks, change from catch-and-release only to a five-fish daily limit with a maximum size of 16 inches. Exceptions will be made for bass weighing 13 pounds or more donated to the Toyota ShareLunker program.

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