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Hurricane Lake bass regulation changes July 1

News Release

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Media contact: Bob DeMauro, 850-957-6177

Effective July 1, the largemouth bass harvest regulation on Hurricane Lake in Okaloosa County will change from the current 18-inch minimum size limit to a 12-inch minimum size limit.

According to Bob DeMauro, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologist, anglers will be allowed to harvest up to five largemouth bass 12 inches and larger per person per day. However, only one of those bass may be 22 inches in total length or larger.

"Largemouth bass less than 12 inches in total length will have to be released immediately," said DeMauro.

Until July 1, the 18-inch minimum size limit for largemouth bass on Hurricane Lake will remain in effect.

Hurricane Lake is a 318-acre fish management area impoundment located approximately 12 miles northwest of Baker off Hurricane Lake/Beaver Creek Road.

Additional information regarding freshwater sport fish regulations on fish management areas and all state lakes and rivers is available online at or at county tax collectors' offices and most places that sell hunting and fishing licenses.

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