New Regulations/Changes for 2016 - 2017

Statewide black bass rules have been changed.
The new statewide bag and length limits for black bass are: 5 Black bass (including largemouth, Suwannee, spotted, Choctaw, and shoal bass, individually or in total), only one of which may be 16 inches or longer in total length. There is no statewide minimum length limit for largemouth bass.

Regulations for black bass species including Suwannee, shoal, spotted, and Choctaw bass have been changed.
No person shall kill or possess any Suwannee, shoal, spotted, or Choctaw bass that is less than 12 inches in total length.

Shoal Bass Conservation Zone
Chipola River: No person shall kill or possess any shoal bass in the section between Peacock Bridge and Johnny Boy Landing.

For additional information:
Check Special Regulations and specific Fish Management Area rules for additional details.



FWC Facts:
The Gulf sturgeon spawns 140 miles upstream from the mouth of the Suwannee River, one of the last pristine rivers with no dams to bar its path.

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