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Catch five different bass species and you have a Georgia Bass Slam. This state program recognizes anglers with the knowledge and skill to catch different species of bass in a variety of habitats across the state.

SOCIAL CIRCLE – Catch five different bass species and you have a Georgia Bass Slam. This state program recognizes anglers with the knowledge and skill to catch different species of bass in a variety of habitats across the state, while also stimulating interest in the conservation and management of black bass and their habitat, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Georgia’s 10 recognized native black bass species are largemouth, smallmouth, shoal, Suwannee, spotted, redeye, Chattahoochee, Tallapoosa, Altamaha and Bartram’s. Anglers can find out more about these eligible bass species, including images, location maps and more at www.BassSlam.com.

How Can You Participate? To qualify for the Georgia Bass Slam, fish must be caught within a calendar year, must be legally caught on waters where you have permission to fish, and anglers must provide some basic information on the catch (length, weight-if available, county and waterbody where caught) accompanied by several photos of each fish. Anglers will submit information to Georgia.BassSlam@dnr.ga.gov for verification. Complete rules posted at www.BassSlam.com.

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Besides bragging rights among all the anglers and non-anglers in the state, persons who complete the slam will receive a certificate worthy of framing, two “Go Fish Education Center” passes, and some fantastic and fun stickers (for vehicle windows/bumpers) to advertise your achievement. Anglers also will be recognized on the WRD website, at the Go Fish Education Center (www.GoFishEducationCenter.com), and possibly through a variety of social media platforms. In addition, all successful submissions will go into a drawing for an annual grand prize.

For fishing enthusiasts who don’t have time to dedicate to catching five species of bass but who might have their eye on a lunker largemouth: the state has a program for that, too. The Trophy Bass Angler Award program recognizes largemouth bass catches of 10 pounds or greater. These fish are rare, and the data from these catches help to provide genetics and growth information that is valuable to fisheries managers. Those who successfully submit a qualified fish will receive a certificate, hat, T-shirt and an entry into a drawing for a reward package. Oh, and anglers who catch one larger than 13 pounds may be eligible for a free mount of their bass. More information is available at https://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/anglerawards.

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