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Old 02-09-2018, 08:01 PM
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Default Abolish 12 inch size limit for largemouth bass?

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Old 02-09-2018, 08:12 PM
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GA has a 12" size limit in only 1 river (Ocmulgee) and a 14" size limit in one lake (Oconee) That's pretty much it and it is open season for any size bass in the rest of the state.

http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/...-daily-limits/
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GA has a 12" size limit in only 1 river (Ocmulgee) and a 14" size limit in one lake (Oconee) That's pretty much it and it is open season for any size bass in the rest of the state.

http://www.eregulations.com/georgia/...-daily-limits/
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check www.gofishgeorgia.com for bass size. Many lakes are 14" (Blackshear, Lanier, Oconee, George, West Point, and many PFA's).
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:22 PM
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AND every where in public waters in the state that don't have a 14" or slot limit on large mouth bass, the minimum length is 12". Now, spotted bass and some others have no minimum, but large mouths do on all public waters.
As for the original question, I think that it's worked just fine so far.
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Old 02-09-2018, 09:34 PM
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check www.gofishgeorgia.com for bass size. Many lakes are 14" (Blackshear, Lanier, Oconee, George, West Point, and many PFA's).
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AND every where in public waters in the state that don't have a 14" or slot limit on large mouth bass, the minimum length is 12". Now, spotted bass and some others have no minimum, but large mouths do on all public waters.
As for the original question, I think that it's worked just fine so far.
Fair enough. Same website gives conflicting info because that is the site I quoted as well.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:13 PM
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Ive got no problem with it staying. Bass doesnt taste all that great. Its the thrill of the chase.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:19 PM
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Ought to be 23 inches on large mouth..
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:21 PM
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12 inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass from the Ocmulgee River
(Macon’s Spring Street bridge crossing to confluence with Oconee River).
I thought there was a statewide 12 inch limit except for lakes with a 14 inch limit?

I guess I should have looked at the latest regulations before starting this thread. Sorry bout that.
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Old 02-09-2018, 10:46 PM
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Largemouth should be at least 16" limit, should be no regulation for spots on our reservoirs, should be considered non game.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:49 PM
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I guess they should leave it as is. It really depends on the body of water as to what should be done and a lot of different rules would just make it hard to keep up with.

I think a lot of places would be better off allowing people to keep every bass under 14" between November and February. That would remove some runts and maybe allow some more of the spring fry to survive.

I completely agree with the no limits on spot plan. Why in the world would the DNR place any kind of limit or regulation on an invasive species? I'd love to see some "no release" tournaments for spotted bass. Smallmouth are already rare in the few GA waters they are native to. With the way things are going the lesser known species our state has will be virtually whipped out/displaced.
I know several guys on here enjoy catching spotted bass and some even make a living guiding for them on lakes where they have taken over. I don't hate the fish - I just hate what they are doing to our native species.
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:57 PM
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But only a few lakes have/need special regulations on bass

The 12 inch limit is not a special regulation. It applies statewide with just a few exceptions and those are higher limits

I can keep 10 22 inch bass but not 10 10 inch bass

It dates from the 1950s and 60s when the DNR was trying to establish largemouth populations in the big reservoirs being dammed during that period.
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:52 PM
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leave as is. Its working good.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:06 PM
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The rules need changing somewhat. Personally, if you want to take bass for the table, they should be on the small side, they taste better anyway, a slot limit would work here. The rules need to be flexible enough to allow tailoring for different waters too. On some waters, Spots for example are 90% of the bass population and they are on the small side, I see no issue with removing small ones. On other waters, there is a very healthy population of large spots, that should be protected with a high end size limit. I regularly take bass for the table, I always try to keep the small ones only, where rules allow.
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That makes sense to keep a few small ones and release the big ones.

A 12 inch limit hinders that
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:46 PM
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Why? What is your reasoning for doing so? I don't mind a 12" limit. I can catch dinks all day long.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:49 PM
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I posted above

It prevents people from harvesting small fish and makes them harvest big ones

I prefer people eat small fish not big ones
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:33 PM
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If they are allowed to keep all the small uns, by they I mean we, eventually there will be no big uns.
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How many eggs does 1 female bass lay a year ?
Oh yea I forgot that don’t get caught off the bed.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:55 PM
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How many eggs does 1 female bass lay a year ?
Oh yea I forgot that donít get caught off the bed.
Kmac. The big females are hard to catch on a bed . The males are more aggressive defending it. I have spent many an hour trying to get fish to bite on a bed. some days you are wasting your time. The key is to get them angry enough to bite it otherwise they just move it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:45 PM
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How many eggs does 1 female bass lay a year ?
Oh yea I forgot that donít get caught off the bed.
Unfortunately it is legal to keep big female bass off the bed
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:49 PM
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Unfortunately it is legal to keep big female bass off the bed
I would be in favor of a catch and release season during the spawn.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:52 PM
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But slots eliminate mounting the big-uns....
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:18 PM
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I would be in favor of a catch and release season during the spawn.
Me too
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I keep a few 2 to 3 pound spots each year for dinners. I release everything else. We keep a tape and camera handy in the boat. It is easy to have a replica made if a big largemouth is caught. Why not appreciate the years it took for her to mature and survive.
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Catch and release only would be fine by me.
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