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 will determine if regulation changes are needed and develop a draft of new regulations, if warranted. 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.
Thank you to those who participated in a Largemouth Bass Regulations Review open house or provided feedback through the online or mail-in survey. The survey period is now closed and the survey results are being evaluated. Please continue to check this site for Largemouth Bass Regulations Review updates.