Ocala fisherman lands trophy bass in Orange Lake

A 15-pound, 13-ounce largemouth bass caught and released in Orange Lake by Brian Hammett of Ocala is the second-heaviest fish ever approved in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s TrophyCatch program.

After producing a large number of trophy bass in 2010 and 2011, Orange Lake went almost dry in the winter of 2011. Following several years of sustained high water, coupled with FWC staff working with local stakeholders to manage the lake, the current habitat is very good and the fishery has bounced back, according to FWC officials.

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