|April 15, 2005
Angler Wayne Holland of Blairsville had more than just a great day of
fishing at Lake Burton on February 23, 2005 he managed to catch a new
state record! Mr. Holland reeled in an 8 lb. 2 oz., 21 ˝ - inch
spotted bass, according to the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD). The most recent state
record for a spotted bass was an 8 lb. ˝ oz. fish caught on Lake
Lanier in 1985.
Anglers always want to tell tales about how they caught the big one
well, Mr. Holland manages to show that sometimes you really do catch
the biggest, says WRD Fisheries Management Chief Chuck Coomer. We
hope that the recognition of this new state record will inspire
experienced and novice anglers to get out and fish at any one of
Georgia’s numerous lakes and rivers. You might not catch a new state
record, but odds are you will still have a great day of fishing and
enjoying the tremendous natural resources of this State.
Spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus) are part of the black bass
family found in Georgia - largemouth, smallmouth, redeye (Coosa),
Suwanee and shoal bass. They have evenly arranged black spots in
alternate rows below the dark lateral line. They have a small rough
patch of teeth on the toungue and have a connected first and second
dorsal fin. Spotted bass prefer rocky areas in clear streams and
lakes. They typically weigh between one and four pounds.
Information about state record fish can be found on the WRD website
at www.gofishgeorgia.com or in the Sport Fishing Regulations
Guidebook available at all WRD offices and all license agents. In
order for a catch to be recognized as a state record, anglers should
follow these steps:
· Do not clean or freeze the fish
· Keep the fish cool, preferably on ice.
· Weigh the fish as soon as possible on scales certified accurate to
the nearest ounce by the Georgia Department of Agriculture in the
presence of two witnesses who are over the age of 18 (witnesses must
provide names/addresses and telephone numbers and may not be members
of the anglers immediate family).
· Take the fish to a WRD Fisheries Management Office as soon as
possible and have it positively identified by a WRD Fisheries
Biologist or Technician.
· Complete an application and submit with a clear side view photo of
the whole fish within 90 days of the catch.
Georgia is the only state where an angler potentially can catch six
of the seven species of black bass so make plans now for your fishing
trip, and don’t forget to introduce someone new to fishing! For more
information about fishing opportunities in Georgia, visit
www.gofishgeorgia.com or call a WRD Fisheries Management Office.
Take Me Fishing! A recent national survey indicated that 87 percent
of Americans believe fishing and boating have a positive effect on
family relationships. So take your family fishing and you will always
have something in common.