New Florida Black Bass Regulation Change–Effective July 2016

There are new harvest rules for the Largemouth Bass in Florida.  Click here for a very comprehensive statement by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

New Rules:

  • Statewide 5-fish daily bag limit, only one of which may be 16 inches or greater in total length for largemouth bass.
  • Remove most special regulations (Appendix A).
  • Other black bass species to be considered separately.

With good recruitment, the majority of Florida bass fisheries have high numbers of bass less than 16 inches. With the majority of the bass in the population below 16 inches in total length there is no need to protect them from harvest, especially considering the current low harvest rates of bass in Florida.

Jerry Lester

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