The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is proposing to remove the season restriction for fishing in marked areas around three springs in Lake Blackshear. This fishing regulation change will be the main topic at an upcoming public hearing scheduled to take place on Tues., July 9 (7 p.m.) at Georgia Veterans State Park, Group Shelter #2, (2459 U.S. Highway 280, Cordele, GA).
The Wildlife Resources Division encourages attendance from local anglers and other interested parties as public input is an important and valuable part of the rule-making process.
The Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Management Section renovated these springs at Lake Blackshear after the flood of 1994 in the hopes of improving cool water habitat for adult striped bass. However, these areas have not provided the cool water habitat that was anticipated and the regulation preventing fishing in these areas is not needed.
Anyone attending the meeting is welcome to provide statements or comments, either orally or in writing. Statements should be concise to permit everyone an opportunity to speak. Participants should register upon arrival and notify the registering official of their intent to give a statement.
Those unable to attend a meeting may submit input electronically at www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/proposedregulations or in writing by July 30, 2013. Written statements should be mailed to:
GA DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Management Section; Attn: Matt Thomas; 2070 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Georgia 30025.
These meetings sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities. To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Matt Thomas at (770) 918-6406 no later than July 5, 2013.
For more information or to view the proposed changes, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/proposedregulations or contact the Albany Fisheries office at (229) 430-4256.