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August 28, 2007

Albany -- The state says south Georgia fishermen can't go after striped bass because of the extreme drought.

 Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers say fishing for striped bass is prohibited until November in springs in the Flint River, Chattahoochee, and Spring Creek.

 The drought has dried up many springs, forcing striped bass to retreat into small holes for the cold water they require. Rangers say they have to be protected. DNR Fisheries Biologist Adam Kaeser said " in this time these fish need to be in cold water refuges, and they are susceptible to angling because they are so concentrated."

Rangers say a lot of people in South Georgia are scuba diving in the rivers.  And they remind sportsmen that catching or spearing catfish while underwater is also forbidden.

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