Kentucky Celebrates Smallmouth Bass With License Plate

The Kentucky Department of Transportation is celebrating the world record smallmouth bass from Dale Hollow, caught in 1955.  Its great to see our favorite species get the recognition it deserves and even better that the funds go toward conservation.

Kentucky celebrates smallmouth bass with license plate

 “The proceeds from the sale of this plate support conservation education efforts in Kentucky, mainly the summer conservation camps at Camp John Currie on Kentucky Lake, Camp Earl Wallace on Lake Cumberland and Camp Robert C. Webb on Grayson Lake.”

Hayes caught the 11-pound, 15-ounce world record smallmouth bass while trolling a Bomber crankbait near the location of the new boat ramp at Dale Hollow State Resort Park on the morning of July 9, 1955. The center of the new license plate is a reproduction of renowned wildlife artist Rick Hill’s painting of the world record smallmouth.

The plate costs $25. Preorders are now being accepted. “You get a $25 credit and will receive a postcard in March of 2013 to pick up your plate,” Miles said. “Early signups will be taken until Oct. 20. Our goal is to sell 900 plates by then.”  Source

If you live in Kentucky, make sure you preorder your plate.  For $25, you can show your love for smallmouth bass and help the conservation efforts in Kentucky.  You can order your license plate from Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

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