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Old 07-17-2017, 09:39 AM
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WRD has recently started a smallmouth bass stocking program at Lake Blue Ridge. The program is a collaborative effort between GADNR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. More info can be found near the bottom of the weekly N. GA Fishing Report: https://georgiawildlife.wordpress.co...t-july-7-2017/
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Damer’s Smallmouth News: WRD has recently started a smallmouth bass stocking program at Blue Ridge Lake in Fannin County. This program is a collaborative effort between GADNR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The fish pictured here, which were stocked this week, were grown by USFWS Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery. Blue Ridge is the last major reservoir in the state that holds a fishable population of smallmouth, but the fishery has declined severely due to illegal introduction of spotted bass by anglers. In other former smallmouth lakes in Georgia, illegally introduced spotted bass have completely wiped out the smallmouth populations. We hope that our stocking program will help boost recruitment and help maintain a fishable population in Blue Ridge.
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Hopefully it will bring the population up to a better population then what's there now.
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Downright awesome!!!!!!

Those are some cute little smallies!!!!
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They need to add an addendum, encouraging anglers to keep their limit of spots up there. Maybe make big, neon signs and post them at every boat ramp.
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I wish they'd include Chatuge also.
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That great. Now they need to make it illegal to release a live spot into lake. Do spot checks at the tournements to ensure they kill every spot caught imho.
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I wish they'd include Chatuge also.
Too late for that joey, chatuge has been established as a prime spot lake. I'm sometime amazed at how many people come to chatuge just for the spots. And it's full of spots...
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I know what color crankbait I'd be throwing to catch a limit of spots. It will never be like it was until the spotted bass problem is addressed. Which the DNR is not wanting to do.
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There also needs to be a size limit on the smallmouth or they will be jerked out before they are large enough to spawn. A 12-14 inch minimum works in NC and SC.

People need to take spots home, not smallies.

The current regs still allow folks to keep 10 smallies of any size. How does that help?
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That great. Now they need to make it illegal to release a live spot into lake. Do spot checks at the tournements to ensure they kill every spot caught imho.
Yes. I would like to see a must keep/must kill rule with no size or creel limits on spots where they don't belong. Same way they do brown trout in parts of the Shenandoah National Park where they are competing with native brook trout.
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It's about freaking time. Great news.
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I guess the spots will have plenty to eat this year. The only way the can offset he population is to add 610,000 every year for the next 5 years.
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I know what color crankbait I'd be throwing to catch a limit of spots. It will never be like it was until the spotted bass problem is addressed. Which the DNR is not wanting to do.
Let me guess, chartreuse or shad patterns?
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Let me guess, chartreuse or shad patterns?
That and a hand painted fingerling smallmouth pattern.
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I guess the spots will have plenty to eat this year. The only way the can offset he population is to add 610,000 every year for the next 5 years.
No clue on how many were stocked but they were an inch long.

Bigger sized fingerlings have a much higher survival rate.
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Wouldn't it be better if they stocked smallmouth further upstream above the lake? Wouldn't that give them more of an opportunity to reach a bigger size before moving down to the lake?
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