Important bass fishing information for Orange, Lochloosa lakes
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) wants to make sure anglers are aware of
adjustments to bass-harvest regulations on Orange and Lochloosa
The protective slot limit and the daily bag limit
remain the same. All fish between 15 and 24 inches must be
released, and there's a three-fish daily bag limit. Now, however,
only one of the three bass kept may be over 24 inches in
"The largemouth bass fishery was outstanding last
year," said Allen Martin, an FWC regional freshwater fisheries
biologist. "It was particularly productive for large fish. Reports
of trophy-size fish in the 8- to 10-pound range have become
somewhat common on Orange Lake."
Public input and a survey of area anglers and
businesses supported the change, which reduces the potential for
anglers to harvest multiple large bass in a single day. Even though
many trophy bass have been caught from Orange Lake recently, trophy
bass are still a rare and valuable resource.
The 12,550-acre Orange Lake is the largest lake in
the FWC's North Central Region. It is an FWC fish management area
and is located about 20 miles southeast of Gainesville. Lochloosa
Lake is northeast of Orange Lake.