Recent proposed changes to Georgia fishing regulations regarding bass length limits were recently approved by the Board of Natural Resources and will become effective as of Sept. 17, 2014. Areas affected include Lake Oconee, the lower Ocmulgee River and upper Flint River.
“We knew, according to research and studies by fisheries biologists, that these length limit changes would better support what anglers desire from their fishing experiences,” said John Biagi, fisheries chief of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Additionally, the public input process - which included public meetings and online surveys - overwhelmingly supported the biological conclusions and helped solidify that the right decisions were being made.”
Approved changes include:
- Replacing the current protective slot-length limit of 11 to 14-inches for largemouth bass on Lake Oconee with a 14-inch minimum length limit.
- Modifying the current 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass from the lower Ocmulgee River (between Macon’s Spring Street Bridge crossing and its confluence with the Oconee River) with a 12-inch minimum length limit.
- Modifying the current 12-inch minimum length limit for shoal bass from the upper Flint River (upstream of Warwick Dam) with a 15-inch minimum length limit.
For more information about the regulation changes, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/regulations/recent-changes.