Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass at Lake Moss are currently managed under the statewide 14-inch minimum length limit. There is no length limit for spotted bass, and the daily bag limit for all bass species combined is 5 fish/day. TPWD is considering changing the harvest regulation from the current 14-inch minimum length limit to NO
minimum length limit for any species of bass (Smallmouth, Spotted, & Largemouth). The daily bag limit of 5 fish/day would remain unchanged.
Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) surveys have shown that Lake Moss contains an over-abundance of bass smaller than 12 inches. Bass longer than 12 inches are less common and underweight, suggesting limited forage. Growth of Largemouth Bass to the current legal size (14 inches) in Lake Moss requires more time compared to other populations in North Central Texas lakes.
No minimum length limit would allow harvest of all bass (Smallmouth, Spotted, & Largemouth) regardless of length. This regulation would be implemented by TPWD in an effort to increase harvest of the abundant population of small bass (less than 12 inches) to allow more prey to be available for the slow-growing bass over 12 inches. For the regulation to be effective, anglers would have to be willing to harvest some bass less than 12 inches so competition for prey would be reduced.
We are asking for public input on possible solutions to the Lake Moss bass problems. Please provide us your input by completing a short survey.
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For more information or a printed copy of this survey, please contact John Moczygemba
at firstname.lastname@example.org, 903-786-2389 or P.O.Box 1446, Pottsboro, Texas 75076.
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