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Florida Trophy Bass Project

three photos of angler holding large bass

Fellsmere Freshwater Fishing Rules Update – Feb. 24, 2022

The catch and release and circle hook regulation changes for Fellsmere Water Management Area (commonly known as Headwaters Lake and Egan Lake) are not yet in effect while the administrative process is followed. There will be another public meeting to gather additional input on the regulations prior to the changes becoming effective. The date, time and location of the public meeting will be publicized once it is finalized.

About the Project

The Florida Trophy Bass Project is the FWC’s new initiative with the goal of Florida being the undisputed Trophy Bass Capital of the World. In the coming years, more effort will be focused on producing, documenting, and promoting trophy bass as well as increasing opportunities to catch Florida’s heaviest trophies. FWC biologists will be utilizing both proven and innovative management techniques to grow even more large bass in certain areas while also conducting research projects to learn more about what it takes to grow giant bass.

Examples of specific strategies to help us reach this goal are:

  • Document a higher percentage of trophy bass catches
  • Increase marketing for trophy bass and the opportunities to catch them
  • Regulation changes
  • Supplemental forage stocking
  • Small bass removal through increased bag limits in specific places
  • Genetics research
  • Water level fluctuation
  • Habitat enhancement

Bass fishing legends like Shaw Grigsby, Jimmy Houston and JT Kenney know Florida is the premiere destination for trophy bass fishing. Check out this video to see what they think! With the goal to elevate Florida’s status in the trophy bass world, fisheries biologists will enhance our current largemouth bass research, management, documentation and marketing efforts to focus on trophy bass, especially those 13 pounds and larger.