Special bass regulations for Rodman begin Dec. 1
Friday, November 18, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
Beginning Dec. 1, it will be against the law to keep any bass
from Rodman Reservoir in Putnam and Marion counties - at least
temporarily. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) is implementing the temporary ban on possessing black bass,
which includes largemouth bass, during the 2011-12 Rodman Reservoir
The no-harvest rule will go into effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday,
Dec. 1, and end at 12:01 a.m., on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
However, the rule could be rescinded sooner if conditions
"What 'no-harvest' means is that anyone who catches a bass at
Rodman Reservoir must immediately release it back into the lake,"
said Marty Hale, biological administrator for the FWC's Division of
Freshwater Fisheries in Ocala. "They may not put it in a livewell
or hang it on a stringer. They must take it off the hook and
immediately put it back in the water."
The area includes all waters from the County Road 316 Bridge to
the George Kirkpatrick Dam, the barge canal to Buckman Locks, Deep
Creek to County Road 310, and Orange Creek to State Road 315.