Rodman Reservoir Drawdown
Rodman Reservoir Drawdown…if haven’t heard of it, you will. Every 3 to 4 years the lake gets scheduled for what they refer to as a drawdown, most anglers could not begin to tell you what it ready is or does. But they do know that it means…”the fishing will be off the hook.”
To explain it, quite simply its when you take all the fish from one lake and put them in a lake 1/16 its size. But they don’t actually move fish, they simply drain all the water out of the existing lake which crams all the fish in one small area. Lucky you…we know where that spot is! The reservoir will be seven feet below normal water level for over three months from the middle of November 2015 to the beginning of March 2016. Anglers targeting largemouth bass, better yet “Trophy Bass” can expect to an excellent fishing experience using a variety of baits.
While the regulation (read below) will prevent any bass from being harvested, the stories, pictures and memories will surely last for a lifetime!
No Harvest Regulation for Black Bass on Rodman Reservoir
STATE OF FLORIDA – FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION – ORDER NO. 15-24 – Temporary No Harvest Regulation for Black Bass On Rodman Reservoir Marion and Putnam Counties
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, acting under the authority of Art.
IV, Section 9, Florida Constitution, hereby alters the established bag limit for black bass on Rodman Reservoir in Marion and Putnam counties, as established by Rule 68A-23.005 , F.A.C., as follows:
Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 68A-23.005, , no person shall kill any black bass from Rodman Reservoir, Marion and Putnam counties, or possess any black bass in or on such lake, during the 2015-2016 Rodman Reservoir Drawdown Project. Boundaries for Rodman Reservoir are the shoreline at regulated pool elevation of 18 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum. For purposes of this order, Rodman Reservoir shall include all waters from County Road 316 Bridge to the George Kirkpatrick dam, the barge canal to Buckman Locks, Deep Creek to County Road 310, and Orange Creek to State Road 315.
This order shall take effect at :01 AM November 1, 2015 and shall expire 12:01 AM March 15, 2016 unless sooner repealed by subsequent order.
Specific Authority :Article IV, Section 9, Florida Commission Law Implemented : Article IV, Section 9, Florida Constitution and Section 120.81(5), Florida Statutes