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 Fishing regulations are being distributed

The 2011 Tennessee Fishing Regulations (effective March 1, 2011 through Feb. 28, 2012) are being distributed to license agents across the state, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).  

The regulations are available wherever hunting and fishing licenses are sold. They will also be available soon at www.tnwildlife.org.

The regulations for 2011 are printed in a color magazine format with larger print for easier reading. The regulations contain helpful sections that cover everything from hook, line and sinker; fish identification; state record fish; phone numbers to obtain the latest water release schedules for TVA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams in Tennessee, and much more. Major changes for 2011 can be found on page 2, in the “New 2011 regulations” section.

Changes that apply to Region IV (East Tennessee) are as follows:

•Melton Hill —  Muskellunge that are not intended to be harvested must be released immediately in a manner that promotes survival of the fish. Culling of muskellunge, whereby an angler removes the fish from his creel limit and replaces it with another more desirable muskellunge, is not allowed.

•South Holston Lake — Catfish creel limit of 20 per day, only one may be over 34 inches. Bluegill creel limit of 50 per day.  White Bass cannot be kept. Tennessee and Virginia are cooperatively managing white bass through stocking and restrictive regulations to eventually allow harvest of this fish.  •An angler may only fish 15 limb lines.

 

State wildlife commission meets today at Nashville

A report on one of the largest deer poaching cases in Tennessee history and an overview of the state’s fish hatchery programs will be on the agenda when the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) convenes Feb. 23-24 at Nashville.

The commission held committee meetings on Feb. 23 in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Region II Ray Bell Building. The formal commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. today (Feb. 24). The public is invited to attend.

TWRA Montgomery County wildlife officers Jereme Odom and Dale Grandstaff will be at the meeting and answer questions from commission members on the agency’s involvement, along with Kentucky and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in the investigation of trophy deer being poached at Fort Campbell. A video from a December press conference will be viewed.

Bobby Wilson, chief of the TWRA Fisheries Division, will give a presentation highlighting the improvements in the statewide coldwater and warm water fish production program within the state over the past six years. The report will include the progress to this point and future plans for the program.

The commission will also hear an update on the Cumberland River Aquatics Center at Gallatin, with current projects and upcoming plans for the facility.

The February meeting will mark the final scheduled one for three TWRC members — Mike Chase from Knoxville, Johnny Coleman from Livingston, and Mike Hayes from Samburg — who are scheduled to have their commission appointments conclude at the end of February.

 

Hunter education classes scheduled in Campbell Co.

Two Tennessee Hunter Education classes are scheduled to be held in Campbell County during the month of March.

Ken Cutsinger will teach a class beginning March 8 at 6 p.m. at Cove Lake State Park.

Michael Cavins will teach a class beginning March 14 at 6 p.m. at White Oak Elementary.

State law requires that anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1969, beginning at age 10, possess proof of satisfactory completion of an approved hunter education course before hunting in Tennessee.

In order to enroll in a hunter education class, students must be at least 9 years old. Persons ages 6-9 may participate in young sportsman and wildlife management area hunts without hunter education, but must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old. Participants need to bring a pencil and their Social Security number to class.