Anglers are reeling in some big fish at Hugh M. Gillis Public Fishing Area, including a monster 10-pound, 25-inch largemouth caught by a Warner Robins angler in April. In fact, anglers are regularly reporting big bass catches at this Laurens County PFA, so the recent implementation of a protective 16”-24” slot limit comes at a great time as it will continue to make this area a prime location for producing quality trophy largemouth bass.
“Fisheries staff completed a study indicating that a 16-24 inch protective slot limit would produce a 262 percent increase in the number of trophy bass available, with only a slight decline in the number of bass available to harvest,” said Bryant Bowen, fisheries biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division. “But, this protective slot limit will only work if anglers continue to harvest fish.”
Anglers at Hugh M. Gillis PFA may still harvest five bass per person (the same as before). However, only bass smaller than 16 inches or larger than 24 inches may be harvested. Bass between 16 and 24 inches must be released (anglers may not be in possession of any bass within the protective slot limit).