(Updated April 1, 2015)
New regulations for Tennessee fishermen.
With weather warming and fishing heating up, here are some new regulations Tennessee anglers should be aware of before hitting the water.
• Alabama bass is an illegally-introduced species that is very similar in
appearance to Tennessee's native spotted bass. Alabama and spotted bass
will have the same length limits and be counted in combination toward
daily creel limits. See page 12 for information about Alabama bass.
• Shadow bass was added to the list of game fish species. Shadow bass
is a native species that is very similar in appearance to rock bass.
In Tennessee, shadow bass are only found in the Conasauga River
watershed. The creel limit for shadow and rock bass in combination will
be 20 fish per day with no length limit.
• Sabiki or piscatore rigs with more than three hooks may only be used to
fish for shad and herring. Other species must be released.
• Carroll County Lake: Largemouth Bass – 14- to 18-inch protected
length range (slot limit), creel limit 5 bass per day, only one bass over 18
inches may be harvested.
• John Tully WMA: closed year-round to all sportfish methods for taking
Turkey season is open, and here is a reminder of the basic rules if you go afield.
Legal Hunting Equipment
1. Shotguns using ammunition loaded with No. 4 shot or smaller. No restriction on number of rounds in magazine.
2. Longbows, recurve bows, compound bows, crossbows and other bows drawn or held by a
3. Firearms and archery equipment may be equipped with sighting devices except those devices utilizing an artificial light capable of locating wildlife. Night vision scopes are illegal.
• It is illegal to bait for turkeys.
• Rifl es and handguns are prohibited.
• Turkeys may not be shot or stalked from a boat in Dyer, Haywood, Lauderdale, Obion, Shelby or Tipton counties.
• Use or possession of electronic calls while turkey hunting is prohibited.
• Use of live decoys is prohibited. However, artificial and mounted decoys are permissible.
• Possession of ammunition loaded with shot larger than No. 4 while turkey hunting is prohibited.
• A licensed turkey hunter, who has filled his bag limit or does not possess a valid permit for a quota hunt, may accompany another turkey hunter who has a valid permit (except on WMAs where prohibited) and assist him in calling but may not have a gun or bow in his/her possession.
Hunters asked to participate in Avid Turkey Hunters Survey.
The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) is encouraging turkey hunters who hunt for at least 10 days during turkey season to participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey. Hunters who participate in the survey will receive a copy of Full Fans & Sharp Spurs, the Alabama Turkey Project annual report, and be automatically entered to win a new shotgun from the Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
"Hunter participation in this survey is very important to the future of turkey hunting in Alabama," said Steve Barnett, leader of the WFF Alabama Turkey Project. "The more hunters who participate, the better. However, we only need data from people who are hunting for at least 10 days during the season. The more days spent hunting, the more useful that information will be."
Participation in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey provides WFF biologists valuable information on statewide and regional trends in gobbling activity, hunter effort, harvest rates, age structure and sex ratios. This knowledge ultimately helps the WFF make management decisions that link the interests of sportsmen with the wise use of the state's turkey resource.
"This survey allows hunters a unique opportunity to contribute directly to the conservation and management of turkey in Alabama," Barnett said.
To participate in the Avid Turkey Hunter Survey, contact WFF at 334-242-3469. WFF staff will provide hunters with information about how to complete the survey. Hunters may also contact Steve Barnett or Joel Glover by email at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the survey.
Changes in fishing regulations include a 30 per day statewide limit on crappie!
No longer is Arkansas split northeast to southwest on the number of crappie anglers can keep each day.
The statewide limit for crappie is now 30 although there are some exceptions on specific waters.
The new rule went into effect Jan. 1 along with several other fishing regulations changes or additions. The crappie change was made by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on the recommendation of its fisheries biologists. Many anglers also asked for the change.
Another change is for one of the state's most productive crappie waters, Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir. There is now a minimum length limit of 10 inches for both white and black crappie on the lake. Anyone catching a crappie shorter than 10 inches must return it immediately to the water.
Other fishing regulations changes now in effect:
1. Reduced creel and slot limits on Grandview Lake No. 1 have been removed.
2. Replace 13- to 16-inch slot limit with 13-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass on DeGray Lake. There is no size restriction on spotted bass.
3. Change daily creel limit from 10 to 6 black bass combined (largemouth, spotted and smallmouth) for DeGray Lake.
4. Remove yellow bass from the sport fish list and add it to the rough fish list.
5. Add Bald Knob Community Pond, Conway Station Park and Lake Keith to the Community Fishing Program restrictions.
6. Prohibit limblines within Buffalo National River.
7. Remove silver redhorse from the commercial fish species.
8. Remove double points for bass-related violations on Lake Monticello, Lower White Oak Lake, Lake Columbia, SWEPCO Lake, Lake Pickthorne and Lake Austell.
9. Prohibit the take and possession of the Ouachita streambed salamander.
National Archery in the Schools state tournament draws record number of archers.
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Something about Elizabeth Wagoner caught her coach's attention on the bus ride to the Kentucky International Convention Center for the 2015 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) state tournament.
"She had that look in her eye," said Tom Patterson, coach of Trigg County High School's archery team. "I told her, 'Today is your day.'"
Wagoner took it from there.
On Thursday, the junior won the girl's overall individual title with a score of 294 and helped the Arrowcats to the team championship in the tournament's high school division. Graves County sophomore Dustin Johnson finished one point shy of a perfect score of 300 and won the boy's overall individual title for the second consecutive year.
The two-day tournament for elementary, middle school and high school students drew a record 4,230 archers representing 227 schools. It was the 14th NASP state tournament held in Kentucky since the program started in 2001.
"We had over 11,000 kids register for our regional tournaments. That's up a little more than 1,000 from last year," said Patrick O'Connell, state NASP coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "We've reached our capacity on the number of archers that we can register for the state tournament, but every year the number of those showing up creeps a little higher."
Get Wild at "NatureFEST" - a "Southeast Top 20 Event"
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks' Museum of Natural Science will host the 15th Annual NatureFESTevent on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. "This year's NatureFEST will be a wild world adventure featuring the Wild World of Animals and a BioBlitz Discovery!" says museum director Charles Knight. The event is a festival, a nature outing, and a fascinating Museum trip, all wrapped into one exciting day. The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently recognizedNatureFESTas a "Top 20 Event"! According to STS, the best events across the Southeast compete to receive the prestigious "Top 20" designation. The Museum is also the current "Escape to the Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year"!
NatureFEST offers a full day of fun for the whole family, including:
• live exotic animal shows by Wild World of Animals stage master Grant Kemmerer, III
• expert guided behind-the-scenes tours of aquariums, research, and Museum collections
• BioBlitz activities: team up and track down as many local species as possible
• reptile presentations by conservation educator Terry Vandeventer ("The Snake Man")
• mermaid scuba diver fish feeding in giant aquariums
• nature-themed interactive photo booth (take home a free photo)
• Inky the Clown, Bubbleology, and an aquatic touch tank - plus, much more!
Visit www.msnaturalscience.org for activity details, a schedule, and a map, or call 601-576-6000. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), and $4 for youth (3-18). Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door. The Museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson, Mississippi.