Proposed changes in the Tennessee sport fishing regulations were presented to the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission last week by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The only statewide change in the TWRA package concerns the daily limit and possession limit of all bait fish; some regional changes are proposed and are mentioned here. Complete details can be found at www.tnwildlife.org.
Douglas Lake’s harvest regulations for striped bass and hybrid striped bass would change to match those currently in place for white bass (15 per day, no length limit). The TWRA is not managing for striped bass or hybrid striped bass in this reservoir. The proposal will help maintain one of the most robust white bass populations in East Tennessee by reducing the potential for hybridization. Dale Hollow Reservoir would have a change in the fishing rod limit to four rods for each angler. Kentucky Lake’s creel limit on crappie would drop from 30 to 20 fish per day.
The public comment period has begun and your suggestions should be received by Oct. 19. The TFWC meets again on Oct. 27-28 in Knoxville. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “2016 Fish Comments” in the subject line; postal mail can be sent to TWRA, Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204.