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Temporary regulation change for Rodman Reservoir begins Nov. 1

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-754-1294

A temporary regulation change for Rodman Reservoir begins Nov. 1 and continues through March 14, 2016, during the 2015-2016 Rodman Reservoir drawdown.

Largemouth bass caught in the Rodman Reservoir north of Highway 316 must be released immediately, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials. All other normal fishing regulations will remain in effect during the drawdown.         

“During the drawdown, fish are highly concentrated and very vulnerable to angler harvest,” said Ryan Hamm, freshwater fisheries biologist. “This regulation is meant to decrease largemouth bass mortality during that short window.”

The regulations change includes all waters from County Road 316 to the George Kirkpatrick Dam, the Barge Canal to Buckman Locks, Deep Creek to C.R 310 and Orange Creek to State Road 315.

During the drawdown, fishing for all popular sportfish species is expected to be excellent, according to FWC biologists. While most regular boat ramps will be inaccessible, temporary ramps will be available at Kenwood and Orange Springs.  Limited access will be available at Eureka and Hog Valley boat ramps.

For more information on this project, call 352-732-1225.

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