The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to approve a list of recommended fishing regulations for 2018, including several affecting local waters. The following recommendations are among those that will become effective Jan. 1, 2018:
•Change Millwood Lake catfish creel limits changed to statewide limits.
•Removal of the 13-inch minimum length limit on Lake Ouachita spotted bass.
•Implement an 18- to 21-inch protected slot limit with one fish over 21 inches for largemouth bass on Lower White Oak Lake.
•Enact statewide creel limits for catfish and crappie on Lower White Oak Lake.
•Removal of the 13- to 16-inch protective slot limit on largemouth bass at Dierks Lake.
•Revise the trout retention restriction code to make culling of all species of trout unlawful on all waters in the state.
•Reduce number of rods permitted on the Narrows Tailwater (Little Missouri River below Narrows Dam) from two rods to one rod per individual.
•Change opening date of hogging and noodling season south and east of U.S Highway 67 from June 1 to May 15.
Additional regulations concerning commercial fishing and alligator gar harvest may be found at www.agfc.com/code.
The Commission tabled a proposed change to fishing regulations concerning the movement of live, wild-caught baitfish to allow adequate time to review comments recently received from the public concerning the regulation.
The Commission also heard the first reading of a revision to the General Use Wildlife Management Area Permit to exempt people hunting and trapping on private inholdings within WMAs.
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