Here is hoping that angler Kristen Brown is twice as excited over her catch of June 1, 2016. She holds the new state record shadow bass and it is the first time that shadow bass are recognized as eligible for state record status, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Brown, of Baconton, hooked this new state record shadow bass on the Flint River on June 1, 2016 using a plastic worm. This 10 oz, 9 1/4” inch catch now sets the standard for any new state record shadow bass. A new state record has to be at least one ounce greater.
“We are excited to add the shadow bass to the many species of fish that are eligible as state records in Georgia,” says John Biagi, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. ”This is our second state record of 2016 and I hope it encourages all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia!”
Despite the word “bass” in their name, shadow bass (Ambloplites ariommus) are actually members of the sunfish family. They have a compressed body with an oval profile, dark mottling forming a camouflage-like pattern, and sides marked with small dark spots that form horizontal lines. They appear similar to warmouth, but have lines on the side and six anal spines rather than three. They are typically 5-12 inches in length and are found in the Coosa, Flint and lower Chattahoochee River basins.
Anglers looking to fish on the Flint River can find helpful information on the WRD website at www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Rivers.
Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license to fish in public waters. Where can you get a license? Buy it online, find a list of retail license vendors at www.georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes or buy it by phone at 1-800-366-2661.
By purchasing a license as well as fishing equipment and related items, you and your fellow anglers help fund sport fish restoration programs, thanks to the Sport Fish Restoration Act. This Act allows funds accumulated from a federal excise tax on fishing equipment and related items to be directed to activities that benefit recreational anglers. A portion of these funds is provided to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources based on several factors, including the number of paid sporting licenses. Sport Fish funds make the following activities possible: managing sport fish populations, raising freshwater fish in hatcheries and stocking them in public waters, maintaining and operating public fishing areas and building boat ramps, and much more!
Information about state-record fish, including an application and rules, can be found at www.georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/RecordProgramor in the current Sport Fishing Regulations Guidebook.