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Voice your comments on proposed 2017 fishing regulations

(Source: AGFC) (Source: AGFC)

LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking the public to provide feedback on the state’s proposed 2017 fishing regulations. An online survey is available at https://t.e2ma.net/click/j8qdi/v5cqsl/7myvcf

The following considerations are being proposed for 2016:

Simplify the code to have a single Commercial Boat Dock Permit with an annual cost of $25 for all commercially licensed facilities on Commission property.

Implement a 10-inch minimum length for harvest of crappie on Lake Atkins.

Raise the striped bass daily limit on Lake Greeson from three to six fish per day.

Remove the 1/2 daily creel limit for all game fish except crappie on Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d’Arc Lake.

Implement a 14- to 17-inch protected slot limit with a creel limit of 10 fish (only one of which may be larger than 17 inches) for largemouth bass on Mallard Lake.

Place the Dr. James E. Moore Camp Robinson Firing Range pond from Family Fishing Program regulations to Community Fishing Program regulations.

Remove Landers Lake from the Family Fishing Program.

Close commercial harvest of striped mullet, pealip redhorse, highfin carpsucker and American eel.

Close a portion of the White River from Newport Access to Jacksonport Access to restrict paddlefish/sturgeon netting, harvest and possession.

Implement a 15- to 18-inch protected slot limit with a creel limit of 10 fish (only one larger than 18 inches) for largemouth bass on Lower White Oak Lake.

Clarify the need for a commercial license to sell wild-caught fish.

Clarify the definition of “snagging” in the AGFC codebook.

Clarify that game fish may not be possessed while gigging. 

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