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FWC plans open houses for bass regulations

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Posted at 1:23 PM, Feb 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-19 13:23:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Florida's Fish and Wildlife agency wants to know what you think about freshwater bass regulations.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) freshwater fisheries biologists are looking for angler input during a series of open houses to be held around the state.

“This is an opportunity for anglers to provide their thoughts and ideas about Florida largemouth bass regulations. Should they stay the same? Should changes be made? You tell us,” said Allen Martin, regional freshwater fisheries biologist for the FWC.

Open houses will be available for the public to come in, talk to biologists and let FWC staff know what they think.

“Anglers are welcome to come into the open houses at any point. There’s no set schedule. You can come in for 10 minutes or stay for an hour,” Martin said. “The open house format is casual and for angler input about bass regulations only. We want people to let us know what they think.”

The scheduled open houses are from 5-8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Here are the locations and dates:

Feb. 28 – Lake Placid

H.L. Bishop Park

10 Lake June Clubhouse Road

*March 1-3 – Tampa

Florida State Fairgrounds

4800 N U.S. Highway 301

* This will be done at the FWC booth during the fair. FWC staff will be available all hours of the show.

March 11 – Okeechobee

C. Scott Driver Park

3950 SW 99th Drive

March 12 – Dania Beach

Bass Pro Shops

200 Gulf Stream Way

March 18 (4-7 p.m.) – Gainesville

Gary’s Tackle Box

5721 NW 13th St.

March 19 – Ocala

Gander Mountain

3970 SW 3rd St.

March 22 – Lake Mary

Gander Mountain

3750 Flagg Lane

April 1 – Jacksonville

Gander Mountain

13075 City Square Drive

April 2 – St. Augustine

Gander Mountain

550 Prime Outlets Blvd.

Early April (date TBD) – Tallahassee

Location TBD

For more information, go to the Largemouth Bass Regulations Review at MyFWC.com/Fishing.