Agency presents sport fishing changes for 2012
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Fisheries Division has announced its proposed 2012 fishing regulation changes that will be presented to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission (TWRC) in October.
The TWRA made its initial proposals at the Aug. 24-25 meeting of the TWRC in Kingsport and discussed the possibility of a fishing guide license during this meeting, as well.
The following are TWRA’s proposed changes for 2012:
•Increase the creel limit on largemouth bass at Gibson County Lake in West Tennessee from 5 to 10 fish per day.
•At Lake LaJoie and Lake Placid at Chickasaw State Park in West Tennessee, replace the current 15-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass with a 14-18 inch slot limit and a creel limit of 10 fish per day, only one of which can be over 18 inches.
•At Fort Patrick Henry, place an 18-inch minimum size limit on walleye with a creel limit of 5 fish per day.
•Redefine the Boone Reservoir boundary for fish regulation purposes on the South Fork Holston River Arm from the Hwy. 11E Bridge to the Hwy. 37 Bridge at Bluff City.
•Establish a 16-inch minimum length limit for lake trout on Watauga Reservoir.
Guide License proposal
The TWRC discussed the possibility of implementing a fishing guide license at the Aug. 25 commission meeting in Kingsport. The commission felt that a guide license is needed to assist in expenses at TWRA’s state fish hatcheries due to the likely reductions in trout production at federal fish hatcheries in Tennessee.
A recommendation was made to consider a fishing guide license only for the following waters: the rivers immediately below Wilbur, Watauga, South Holston, Cherokee, Norris, Appalachian, Tim’s Ford, Center Hill, Dale Hollow and Normandy dams. The agency was asked to recommend a proposed cost for the guide license, both resident and nonresident; any qualifications or restrictions that may be necessary; the projected cost for managing the program; and the projected revenue generated from the program. These recommendations will be presented to the TWRC on Oct. 13 at Nashville.
The TWRA is soliciting comments for its 2012 sport fishing regulation changes and guide license proposals. This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns with the TWRA staff.
Public comments will be considered by fisheries managers and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Sport Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to TWRA.Comment@tn.gov. Please include “Sport Fish Comments” or “Fishing Guide License Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions. This comment period will be open until Friday, Oct. 7.
Hunter education class set Sept. 20 at Cove Lake
Ken Cutsinger will teach a Tennessee Hunter Education class beginning Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Cove Lake State Park.
State law requires 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 10 years old. Persons age 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.