Kentucky using fishing tournaments to test new regs

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is studying the impact of looser regulations on bass size limits during several fishing tournaments.

The three-year test is limited to four tournaments on Lake Cumberland and Cave Run Lake. The study will help biologists determine if the changes would affect the overall fishery in the lake.

During the test period, anglers would be allowed to keep largemouth and smallmouth bass longer than 12 inches. Tournament anglers would still release all bass after they are weighed.

The current rules say anglers at Cave Run Lake must release all largemouth bass between 13 to 16 inches, and all smallmouth under 18 inches. Lake Cumberland has a 15-inch minimum size limit for largemouth and an 18-inch limit for smallmouth bass.

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