Anglers encouraged to harvest small bass at Clarks Hill

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(WRDW/WAGT) -- Thursday, April 4, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is finishing up their electrofishing survey of Clarks Hill over the next few weeks.

Georgia DNR has been electrofishing 20 locations along the Georgia side of the lake over the past few months. These surveys help fisheries biologist Ed Bettross understand the quality and amount of fish.

“We do the same locations every year. It keeps our information standardized so we can compare it from one year to the next,” says Bettross.

Surveys so far this year show an abundance of small to medium size bass. Most of the bass are skinny. To help improve the quality of bass, Georgia DNR wants anglers to harvest small bass.

Bettross added, “they're excellent eating and it improves the fishery here, especially if you're wanting to have a faster growing, and a little bit bigger bass in the lake”.

Anglers are allowed to keep 10 bass per day and they must be at least 12 inches long.

If you want to help improve the fishery, but don't like cleaning fish, some local food banks will accept your catch and give them out to families in need. Just make sure the fish are kept on ice to stay fresh.