Changes in the 2017-18 Tennessee sport fish regulations take effect on March 1. Following are some of the more prominent ones: For bass on Douglas Lake, there will be a 15-fish creel limit for a combination of striped bass, hybrid striped bass and white bass. On Kentucky Lake the crappie creel limit will decrease from 30 to 20 per day.
Boat and bank anglers on Dale Hollow Lake are limited to four fishing rods at one time; previously boat anglers could use three and shore anglers could use six. Changes to the live bait proclamation kept existing creel limits for Class A and Class B baitfish, and established a possession limit of twice the daily creel limit for these classes. The change established a 50 fish-per-day limit for Class C bait fish, all species combined, with a possession limit of 100 fish. These limits apply to fish alive and dead.
The boundary for wild trout on Laurel Creek in Carter County will be from the cable crossing located one-half mile upstream of the USFS Dennis Cove Recreation Area extending upstream to the USFS boundary. On Calderwood Reservoir boat and bank anglers from North Carolina will have the same regulations as Tennesseans; North Carolina is expected to reciprocate soon. For all of the details go to the news section of www.tnwildlife.org.