NEW BLACK BASS RULES APPROVED TO BEGIN JULY 1, 2016
Largemouth bass are the nation’s most sought after freshwater sportfish. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously in February 2016 to approve new conservation rules that will go into effect on July 1, 2016 to ensure Florida remains the Bass Fishing Capital of the World.
Seventy percent of Florida’s 1.4 million freshwater anglers target bass, generating well over $1.25 billion in economic impact. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently adopted the Black Bass Management Plan (BBMP) to guide future management of largemouth bass. The BBMP calls for a review of all current black bass regulations. A team of FWC biologists is currently reviewing these regulations and working with stakeholders to determine angler desires and expectations. This information could lead to rule modifications throughout the state.
Guided by public input, survey results, research on regulation effectiveness and current fisheries data, the team created new regulations. The goal of these new regulations is "optimum sustainable use" of Florida’s bass fisheries, with emphasis on high quality and trophy bass. The vision is to simplify regulations where possible, while providing diverse angling opportunities that promote high angler satisfaction.
Or download the background information used to present these rules:
- Commission Meeting Presentation (Feb. 2016) Memo | Presentation
- Complete proposal for printing (PDF , 576kb).
- Brief one-page summary PDF (PDF , 450kb).
Thank you to those who participated in the 2013 Largemouth Bass Regulatons Review survey. View the results of the 2013 survey.
New Black Bass Regulations for Shoal, Choctaw, Suwannee, and Spotted Bass
Note: The proposed black bass regulation changes will receive final review by the Commission during the February 10 - 11, 2016 meeting in Havana, FL. See AGENDA.
Shoal bass are one of the riverine species of black basses in the Panhandle area that will receive extra consideration.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our surveys, attended meetings or otherwise contributed to these new Black Bass (Largemouth, Shoal, Choctaw, Suwannee, and Spotted Bass) Regulation changes, which will go into effect July 1, 2016.