Fish measurement - what's the rule?

Fish measurement: Tip of nose to tip of tail

LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Arkansas fishing regulations on many waters include rules about the length of a particular species of fish.

Sometimes only fish longer than so many inches can be kept. Another example is a protected slot limit – fish within specified lengths must be immediately returned to the water.

How is a fish's length officially determined?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says it's by measurement in inches. Lay the fish on top of a ruler. The tip of the nose to the tip of the tail is the length. If the measurement looks close, squeeze the tail together. If any part touches the proscribed length, you are OK.

Many anglers have paper or plastic rulers fixed with adhesive to their tackle boxes or on the inside of their boats for this purpose.

Check the current Arkansas Fishing Guidebook for length rules on a body of water you intend to fish.