TPW Commission Approves Proposed Changes in Size, Bag Limits on Some Lakes

Austin, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission’s
Regulations Committee Wednesday approved the publication in the
Texas Register of a number of proposed changes to freshwater
fishing regulations. The proposals will be presented for public
comment at a series of public hearings around the state this
spring, and a final decision will be made by the Commission at its
March 25-26 public meeting.

Details about the possible regulation changes can be found
below, and TPWD invites the public to weigh in on these possible
proposals by clicking the public comments section on the TPWD home
page.

Blue Catfish — Lake Lewisville (Denton County),
Lake Richland Chambers (Navarro and Freestone Counties), and Lake
Waco (McLennan County)

Harvest regulations for blue catfish on these reservoirs
currently consist of the statewide limits (12-inch minimum length
limit and 25 fish daily bag limit).   Proposed changes would
consist of a 25 fish daily bag limit with a 30 to 45-inch slot
length limit, and harvest of only one blue catfish over 45 inches
would be allowed.  No harvest of blue catfish between 30 and 45
inches would be allowed.

Largemouth Bass — Lake Ray Roberts (Cooke,
Denton, and Grayson Counties)

Harvest regulations for largemouth bass are currently a 14- to
24-inch slot length limit and a five fish daily bag (only one bass
24 inches or greater may be retained each day).  Proposed changes
would make Lake Ray Roberts consistent with the statewide limits
for largemouth bass (14-inch minimum length limit and five fish
daily bag limit).

Alligator Gar — Statewide

Change harvest regulations for alligator gar from no length or
daily bag limits to a one fish per day bag limit.  Daily bag limit
would apply to both recreational and commercial fishing.

Lake Texoma — Cooke and Grayson Counties

Alligator gar — Change daily bag limit from no
limit to one alligator gar per day.  Also institute a harvest
closure in May to protect spawning adults in a portion of the lake
that is within the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and a portion
of the lake upstream of the U.S. Highway 377 bridge to the
Interstate Highway 35 bridge.

Blue and channel catfish — Change harvest
regulations for blue channel catfish from a 15 per day bag limit to
a 15 per day bag limit of which only one blue catfish 30 inches or
greater may be harvested per day.

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