Changes In Georgia's Fishing Regulations Is The Subject Of July Public Hearings

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Public input is important when considering any changes to fishing regulations. Public hearings provide an opportunity for interested citizens to hear information about proposed changes and the reasoning and research behind those changes, and have a chance to provide their opinions.

Three proposed fishing regulation changes will be the topic of several upcoming public hearings, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Proposed changes include:

· Replacing the current protective slot-length limit for largemouth bass from Lake Oconee with a minimum length limit.

· Modifying the current minimum length limit for largemouth bass from the lower Ocmulgee River (between Macon’s Spring Street Bridge crossing and its confluence with the Oconee River).

· Modifying the current minimum length limit for shoal bass from the upper Flint River (upstream of Warwick Dam). 

The department has scheduled three public hearings to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes. People who plan to attend are also encouraged to tell others who may be interested in participating. All hearings will begin at 7 p.m.

Monday, July 7
United Methodist Fellowship Hall
223 South Broad St., Abbeville, Ga.

Tuesday, July 8
Lakeside Church at Lake Oconee
5800 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro, Ga.

Thursday, July 10
Upson County Civic Center
101 Civic Center Drive, Thomaston, Ga.

Anyone attending a hearing 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 public hearing may submit input electronically through a survey (available beginning July 1) found at www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/proposedregulations or in writing by July 31, 2014.  Mail written statements to: GA DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, Fisheries Management Section; Attn: Thom Litts; 2065 U.S. Highway 278, S.E.; Social Circle, Ga. 30025.

These hearing sites are accessible to people with physical disabilities.  To request sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids, contact Thom Litts at 770 918-6406 no later than July 2.

For more information, to view the proposed changes or take the survey, visit www.gofishgeorgia.com/fishing/proposedregulations.


Fishing Report From The TWRA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Chickamauga Reservoir:  Reservoir Conditions: Summer normal elevation: 682.0 feet. Winter normal elevation: 676.0 feet. Current elevation: 682.3 feet. The water surface temperature is 83 degrees in many areas. Largemouth Bass: Some evening tournaments are being won along grass edges on the river. 20 plus pounds is winning ... (click for more)

Leading National Bird Group Challenges Army Corps Plan To Kill 16,000 Birds

American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading national bird conservation organization, has raised multiple objections to assertions by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in their proposal to kill 16,000 cormorant birds on East Sand Island (ESI), in the Columbia River Estuary, as part of a plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids including salmon smolt by the birds.   The ... (click for more)

General Motors To Invest $185 Million In Engine Plant, Build New Cadillac SRX In Spring Hill

General Motors will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex, officials said Wednesday.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill. “We want to congratulate GM on this important investment in its future in Spring Hill and Middle Tennessee,” Governor Bill Haslam ... (click for more)

Reception Honors County's 2nd-Longest Serving Employee

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, at a County Courthouse reception, asked anyone who was working at the courthouse in 1966 to raise their hand. Only Circuit Court Clerk Paula Thompson was able to do so. Judge Shattuck said he believes only Edna Camp of the Criminal Court clerk's office, has been at the courthouse longer. Ms. Thompson did not seek re-election, ... (click for more)

Vote No On Health Insurance Changes Affecting County Teachers

Our Hamilton County School Board will vote on insurance changes effecting both active employees and retirees, who are not on Medicare at this time.  HCEA strongly objects to changes being made at this time and urges a “No” vote.  Insurance had been frozen three years by negotiations.  Since the Educators Professional Negotiations Act was nullified by the 2011 Legislature, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)