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Changes in fishing rules to be decided at AGFC's August meeting

Thursday, August 4, 2005

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner's fisheries staff have proposed 15 changes in Arkansas fishing rules. Commissioners at their Aug. 18 meeting in Little Rock will take action on the recommendations

Changes approved will take effect Jan. 1.

Ten of the proposals are for sport fishing, four for commercial fishing and one, a complex one, for turtling (the taking, raising and selling of turtles).

The proposals in summary:

* Eleven Point River, change smallmouth bass rules to 14-inch minimum length limit and two fish a day.

* Bull Shoals, Norfork and Greers Ferry tailwaters, only one rod or pole can be used at a time in these trout fishing areas.

* Greers Ferry Lake, increase walleye daily limit to six.

* Beaver Lake and Table Rock Lake, extend the current 18-inch minimum length limit and four fish a day on walleye to include tributaries of the two lakes.

* Gurdon Lake, reduce daily crappie limit to 15.

* Lake Atkins, put in a 16- to 21-inch protected slot limit on largemouth bass along with a daily limit of four, only one of which can be over 21 inches.

* Dardanelle park ponds, Wells Lake at Fort Chaffee and Yell County Wildlife Association Pond, add these to the AGFC family and community fishing regulations.

* Statewide, prohibit the sale of frogs for bait. Anglers may continue to catch and use frogs for their bait.

* Beaver tailwaters, put in a protected slot limit of 13-16 inches for rainbow and brown trout along with a "no bait" zone.

* Commercial fishing, raise the price of trotline tags from $2 to $5.

* Commercial fishing, prohibit the possession of mutilated paddlefish.

* Commercial fishing on Lake Chicot, establish a season of Feb. 1-28.

* Sport fishing on the Mississippi River, only one catfish longer than 34 inches can be taken per day. Commercial fishermen cannot possess catfish longer than 34 inches on the Mississippi River.

* Proposed changes for rules on turtles are complex and still under study by the AGFC staff and commissioners.

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