Biologists are asking anglers to be on the lookout for and report
tagged largemouth bass caught in Florida lakes.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission's (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the
University of Florida have joined together to conduct a statewide
largemouth bass research study. The purpose of this study is to
gain a better understanding of anglers' current utilization of
Florida's largemouth bass fishery. Biologists hope to learn how
frequently bass are caught and harvested. They also hope to learn
more about the size range of fish caught. The results of this study
will provide critical information necessary to manage the
largemouth bass fishery for quality and trophy-sized fish.
To meet these objectives, bass in 30 lakes throughout the state
have been tagged with small, yellow tags along the back of the fish
just below the dorsal fin. These tags carry a printed telephone
number, e-mail address, tag number (e.g., LMB 0001) and reward
value. Anglers should carefully examine all bass caught in Florida
lakes for reward tags, as biologists will tag fish in numerous
lakes throughout the state.
Biologists encourage anglers to report these tags to the FWC Angler Tag Return
Hotline for a reward.
For questions about this project contact:
Janice Kerns at: 352-392-1793 or Janice.Kerns@ufl.edu
Jason Dotson at: 352-732-1225 or Jason.Dotson@MyFWC.com