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Feb. 16, 2024

Suggested Tweet: The @MyFWC #TrophyCatch program launches a new pink-tagged #bass competition!
Learn more: #Florida #fishing 
angler holding pink-tagged bass
FWC: Prized pink-tagged bass are swimming in these Florida waters! 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program has
deployed bright pink research tags in bass across five waters throughout the state: the North-
west Winter Haven Chain of Lakes, Lake Lochloosa, Lake Beauclair, Lake Okeechobee and
Porter Lake. Each of the tags is on a trophy bass weighing 8 pounds or more. Designed to
provide valuable data about bass movements and growth rates, these conspicuous pink tags
offer one other unique advantage: special prizing for the angler who catches, cuts and proper-
ly reports the tag.

“Seeing a flash of pink as you land that giant bass will make an extraordinary experience
even more memorable,” said Tom Graef, Director of FWC’s Division of Freshwater
Fisheries Management. “TrophyCatch data also shows us that anyone fishing these waters
might be the lucky one to catch a trophy – and a pink tag!”

Prizing is still being finalized and will be announced soon. To claim their reward, anglers must
cut and keep the pink tag, and document the bass at An integral requirement
of the program is that all bass must be released alive to allow other anglers the opportunity to
experience a lifetime catch.

TrophyCatch is a largemouth bass conservation program designed to promote the responsible
catch, documentation and release of trophy-size bass while rewarding anglers for their
contributions to fisheries research and management. Your participation in TrophyCatch helps
the FWC better understand and conserve Florida’s freshwater fisheries. For more information
about the TrophyCatch program, email KP Clements at [email protected].

For fishing information on Florida’s most popular waters see FWC’s Freshwater Fishing Forecasts

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620 S. Meridian Street ·
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
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