Lunker limit on Orange and Lochloosa: 1 a day


Fishermen leave Lake Lochloosa at sunset on Feb. 13, 2011.

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Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 3:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 3:42 p.m.

The lunker limit on lakes Orange and Lochloosa is one per angler.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Tuesday underlined this new facet of special regulations concerning largemouth bass on the area lakes. The protective slot limit - designed to improve the fishery - requires that all fish between 15 and 24 inches long must be released. Anglers may keep only three bass a day, and only one of them may be bigger than 24 inches long.

The good news, however, is that a slot limit for the lakes appears to be working and there are more monster bass out there to be caught and released.

"The largemouth bass fishery was outstanding last year," FWC regional freshwater fisheries biologist Allen Martin said in a news release. "It was particularly productive for large fish. Reports of trophy-size fish in the 8- to 10-pound range have become somewhat common on Orange Lake.”

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