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TWRA Recommends Changes to Sport Fishing Regulations   PDF  Print  E-mail 
Written by TWRA  
Friday, 03 September 2004

On August 25, 2004, at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission meeting in Nashville, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced the following recommendations to change Tennessee’s sport fishing regulations.


Increase statewide minimum length limit for muskellunge to 36 inches (exception at Melton Hill Reservoir).

Reduce white bass daily creel limit from 30 to 15 per day.

Add rusty crayfish and virile crayfish to list of species banned in Tennessee. Possession of these exotic crayfish would be prohibited.


Tims Ford Reservoir—18-inch minimum length limit for smallmouth bass, 1 per day.

Norris Reservoir—36-inch minimum size limit on striped bass, 1 per day from November 1 to March 31 each year. This regulation will be in effect only through February of 2008.

Douglas Reservoir—Henderson Island WMA rearing pond closed to fishing.

Melton Hill Reservoir—Increase minimum length limit on muskellunge to 44 inches, 1 per day.

Watauga Reservoir—From January 1 through April 30 in select tributary areas in Elk River, Doe Creek, and Roan Creek, and in the upper Watauga river, anglers are restricted to the use of one hook having a single point or one lure having no more than one hook with a single point (artificial or bait). Snagging, dipping, and cast netting, and other non hook-and-line methods are prohibited in these areas during this period.

Agency Lakes

Gibson County Lake—14 to 18 inch protected slot limit for largemouth bass, 5 per day with only one fish larger than 18 inches.

Trout Streams

Hiwassee River—The section from the Reliance Railroad Bridge downstream to Patty Bridge will return to statewide regulations for trout.

Clear Creek—The time period for the closed to fishing area extended to include November 1 through March 31.

Tellico River—Delayed harvest area moved upstream with new boundaries from mouth of Turkey Creek upstream to mouth of North River, increasing the total length of the area by 0.5 miles.

Comments may be submitted by mail to: Sport Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed to Please include "Sport Fish Comments" on the subject line of emailed submissions.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will vote on these recommendations at their October 20-21 meeting to be held at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, Tennessee. Presentation and discussion of the proposed regulations will occur in the afternoon of October 20, 2004. The public is invited to attend. Approved changes will be implemented on March 1, 2005.

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