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 Commission amends smallmouth regulations

During its March meeting, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) voted to amend regulations in regard to smallmouth bass fishing on Norris Lake. This action was based on recommendations from the Norris Lake Fisheries Advisory Committee (NLFAC), which is a community-based group of advisors to the TWRC on fishery management at Norris Lake.

The change, which takes effect on April 27, will implement an 18-inch minimum length limit on smallmouth bass — with a creel limit of five — from Oct. 16-May 31. From June 1-Oct. 15, there will be a 20-inch minimum length limit and a creel limit of one. The daily creel limit for largemouth/smallmouth bass in combination remains 5 per day in combination on Norris Lake.

The change replaces the 17-22 inch slot limit which allowed one fish under 17 inches and one over 22 inches that was implemented on March 1, 2010. The amended proclamation will be re-evaluated in 2015.

“We are pleased with the NLFAC’s recommendation,” said Bobby Wilson, chief of fisheries for TWRA. 

“Although not as restrictive as the 17-22 inch slot limit, the new regulation should produce a high quality smallmouth bass fishery at Norris Lake. The warmer water regulation (June 1-Oct. 15, 20-inch length limit) was proposed by the tournament anglers on the committee to offset the high mortalities of smallmouth bass incurred during summertime bass tournament weigh-ins.”



Greene County leads turkey harvest thus far

About a third of the way through Tennessee’s wild turkey hunting season, hunters have recorded a harvest of almost 20,000 birds, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).

Counties leading the harvest at this point are Dickson (502), Greene (536), Hardin (409), Henry (431), Maury (566), Montgomery (486) and Sumner (465).

Tennessee’s 2011 spring wild turkey hunting season runs from April 2 through May 15. All 95 Tennessee counties are open to turkey hunting.

For more information on Tennessee’s wild turkey hunting opportunities, refer to the 2010 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or the TWRA web site at www.tnwildlife.org.