Local anglers and other interested parties are invited to attend an upcoming public hearing hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division to provide input on proposed changes to the current largemouth bass length limit on Bear Creek Reservoir in Jackson County.
The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Jackson EMC Headquarters building in Jefferson (850 Commerce Road, Jefferson, GA 30549).
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 has been monitoring the fish population at Bear Creek Reservoir since it was first stocked in 2001. Monitoring has shown that the current slot limit is not achieving the desired results and that the proposed change to the statewide 12-inch minimum size limit would allow anglers to harvest fish over 16 inches and would allow tournament anglers to weigh in quality fish that currently are in the protected slot range and must be released immediately.
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 Gainesville Fisheries office at (770) 535-5498.