Bass Fishing Regulations

Bass fishing is fun, relaxing and entertaining, which is why it’s so popular. There is no other feeling quite like being out on the water reeling in those fish. It’s an experience that you can’t get with any other sport but in order to ensure you have the best possible experience, you need to know everything about all the bass fishing regulations in your area before you go fishing.

If you break these rules then it can cause a lot of problems. First of all, you can get fined for breaking these rules and this could run into a lot of money depending on the infraction. This can ruin a great fishing day for sure but breaking these regulations can actually do a lot of damage when it comes to the bass species. That’s why it’s so important that you follow them completely.

Without these rules and regulations the bass could become extinct in some areas and it would greatly reduce their population in others. For this reason, it’s vital that you learn and obey all the bass fishing regulations every time you go fishing and teach your children the importance of preserving the bass population by following the rules.

Basic Bass Fishing Regulations
One very important thing that you need to understand about bass fishing regulations is that they will be different depending on where you go fishing. They can even be different from one location to another on the same lake or river. In other words, there is not a single set of rules to go by that can be used everywhere you fish because they’re set according to the fishing conditions in each specific area. Therefore, it’s essential that you learn the rules for the area in which you’re fishing instead of assuming you know what they are.

Still, there are a few general rules that’ll apply to most all areas where you can bass fish and these are listed below:

*        Everyone above a certain age is required to have a fishing licensing before they can legally fish unless you’re fishing in a private pond. However, the age at which you must get a fishing license will depend on the state in which you live and the area where you’ll be fishing.
*        There are different types of fishing licenses available. The type that you’ll need will depend on the type of fishing that you plan to do and how long you plan to fish. For example, you can get a license for freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing or one that allows you to fish in all types of water. You can also buy a yearly fishing license or temporary ones that allow you to fish one day or for a week or so at a time.
*        Normally, both the smallmouth and largemouth bass can be fished anytime of the year but the regulations regarding the size and number of bass that you can keep will often be different depending on the season in which you’re fishing.
*        Barbless hooks are required in some lakes and rivers because they do less damage to the bass than other types.
*        Certain fishing techniques are not allowed in some areas such as using a Trotline or fishing traps. If you plan to use an unconventional method to seek out the bass it would be a good idea to make sure it’s legal in your area first.

These are some of the most basic rules and regulations associated with bass fishing but there are many more that are more specific.

Where to Find Bass Fishing Regulations
Since the bass fishing regulations are subject to change the best way to stay up-to-date on these rules is by reviewing them on a regular basis. There are a couple places where you can get this information. The next time you visit one of the fishing and outdoor department stores you can pick up a copy of the bass fishing rule book. Most all of these places will carry a copy and some bass and tackle shops will have them too.

Nevertheless, one of the most convenient ways to learn the regulations that govern your area is by going online to the “Department of Game and Fishery” or the “Wildlife Resources Commission” website in your state. Here you can be directed to the section that provides the information you’re searching for.
Many times anglers may not bother to read over the rules and regulations of bass fishing because they just assume they stay the same from one year to the next. This is not necessarily true and as mentioned before, they can even change from one season to the next. It’s vital that you be a responsible fisherman and that you obey the bass fishing regulations every time you go fishing. This way, everyone wins and you’ll be able to return later to enjoy many more fishing trips in the future.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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