LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – With the arrival of a new year, several changes in Arkansas sport fishing regulations have gone into effect.
Most of the
changes apply to specific waters. One is statewide. Bait fish now can be
collected at night. This change came after requests by anglers and with
the endorsement of the fisheries and Enforcement divisions of the
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The other changes:
Columbia, remove the protected slot limit and reduced creel limit on
largemouth bass. New daily limit is the 10-fish statewide limit but only
one bass can be over 20 inches long.
Hindsville, discontinue the catch-and-release regulation on largemouth
bass and return to the statewide 10-fish daily limit.
Bentonville, Paradise Lake near Jacksonville and Community Center Pond
in northern Pulaski County to the Community Fishing Program regulations.
Lake Bentonville is an 11-acre reservoir in Benton County and is owned
by the city of Bentonville. Paradise Lake is a 7-acre lake owned by the
city of Jacksonville. Community Center Pond is a 1-acre pond owned by
Tommy Majors who operates the land as North Pulaski Community Park. All
three lakes now have a three-fish daily limit on catfish.
Monticello High School Pond to the Family Fishing Program. This is a
2-acre lake on Clyde Ross Drive that is owned by the Monticello School
Lower White Oak Lake, daily limits of 50 bream and five channel catfish. The lake has been renovated extensively.
Beaver Lake, the 12-inch minimum length limit on spotted bass has been removed.
National Wildlife Refuge, the 13-inch minimum length limit on largemouth
bass has been removed on four small impoundments fished mostly by
children, senior citizens, and mobility-impaired anglers.