Largemouth bass are the nation’s most sought after freshwater sportfish. 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 survey results and fisheries data, the team has proposed a draft set of new regulations. The goal of future regulations is optimum sustainable use of Florida’s bass fisheries, with emphasis on high quality and trophy bass. Our vision is to simplify regulations where possible, while still providing diverse angling opportunities that promote high angler satisfaction.
- 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.
Also for Public Consideration: View the Proposed Black Bass Regulations for Shoal, Choctaw, Suwannee, and Spotted Bass
We strongly encourage you to read more about the proposed changes, and why we are proposing these changes prior to taking this survey:
Note: The draft rule is currently scheduled to be taken up by the Commission as a draft during the June 23-25 meeting in Sarasota. See AGENDA.