Fishing News: New-Age Bass Management in Florida

It’s an interesting notion: Integrating social science with biological research. That’s the premise upon which Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission bases its forthcoming simplifications to the state’s black bass regulations. In its announcement of the new regs, FWC states that it seeks to “develop measures that are justified biologically while accommodating angler opinions, attitudes and behaviors.”


Effective July 1, anglers will be allowed to keep smaller, more abundant largemouth bass. In addition, length limits for black bass species will be changed and many specific rules for different water bodies will be eliminated. “The intent is to simplify existing rules and increase abundance of larger bass statewide,” said Tom Champeau, director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management.

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