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Lewis Smith Reservoir Bass Population Subject of Public Meeting on July 30

July 20, 2012

On Monday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m., the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will hold a public meeting to present information regarding the status of the bass population, both largemouth and Alabama spotted bass, in Lewis Smith Reservoir. The public meeting will be held in the activity room of the Community Health Systems Building at 204 19th Street East, Jasper, Alabama. The public is encouraged to participate and all are welcome to attend.
 
Additional meeting topics include population trends, bass management goals, regulations, and the possible use of bass length limit exemptions for tournaments. Biologists with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) recently completed surveys of largemouth and Alabama spotted bass populations at Lewis Smith Reservoir and will discuss their most up-to-date findings.
 
A 13- to 15-inch protective slot limit for largemouth and Alabama spotted bass has been in effect at Lewis Smith Reservoir since 2005. Lewis Smith is one of the 11 lakes on the Alabama Bass Trail. The 21,200-acre reservoir is a clear water lake with an abundance of rocky substrate and deep channels that provide great habitat for Alabama spotted bass.
 
For additional information concerning directions, contact the Walker County Chamber of Commerce at 205-384-4571; other questions regarding the public meeting may be directed to Jay Haffner, District III Fisheries Supervisor, at 205-339-5716.
 
ADCNR is committed to providing access to this meeting for all participants. Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and participate in this meeting should contact Jay Haffner at 205-339-5716 or by email at jay.haffner@dcnr.alabama.gov. In order to allow sufficient time to process requests, please contact us for assistance by 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012. 
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions:  Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.  To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.
 
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