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Open house meetings will discuss largemouth bass conservation on Lake Okeechobee

News Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Media contact: Katie Johnson, 561-882-5709

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will lead two upcoming open house meetings in Hendry and Okeechobee counties. During the meetings, biologists will discuss current conservation efforts for largemouth bass and the impacts the ongoing regulation review may have on the Lake Okeechobee fishery. Anglers are encouraged to offer input or suggestions during these meetings.

Largemouth bass are the most popular recreational fish in North America. Florida anglers and visitors enjoy some of the most exciting bass fishing in the world. The FWC created a Black Bass Management Plan that was approved in 2011 (, select the Black Bass Management Plan banner in the middle column under “Freshwater Fishing”). The plan’s holistic approach includes essential habitat management, fisheries management and public interaction components.

Last year, the FWC asked anglers for input on the statewide regulation review of largemouth bass, via surveys as well as listening sessions around the state. These upcoming open houses are part of a continuing input process between the FWC and local anglers. Interested anglers can partipate in the review process on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6-7 p.m. at John Boy Auditorium in Clewiston, or on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6-7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Library in Okeechobee.

For additional information, contact FWC Fisheries Biologists Ralph LaPrairie at 561-625-5122 or Corey Lee at 863-462-5190.

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