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    Follow us on:» Free Fishing Day — June 8, 2013 Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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    Hunting and fishing license sales and federal excise taxes comprise more than 90 percent of the TWRA’s hunting and fishing operating revenues. Thank you for buying a hunting and fishing license. Without your support, Tennessee would not have fish and wildlife management programs.

    This publication is not a legal document. It is a summary of Tennessee’s fishing regulations. More detailed information on fishing is available from TWRA offices.

    Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is available to all persons without regard to their race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or military service. TWRA is also an equal opportunity/equal access employer. Questions should be directed to TWRA, Human Resources Office, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204, (615) 781-6594 (TDD 781-6691), or to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Human Resources, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203.

    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Authorization No. 328668, 450,000 copies, January, 2013. This public document was promulgated at a cost of $.09 per copy.

    2 | New Regulations for 2013

    4 | TWRA Offices

    6-7 | License Information

    8-9 | Statewide Limits

    10 | Protect Hellbenders

    12-19 | Reservoir Regulations

    20-21 | TWRA Fishing Lakes

    22 | Small Impoundment Regulations

    23-24 | Stream and River Regulations

    25-27 | Trout Regulations

    28-29 | Trout Stocking Schedule

    30 | Contaminants in Fish

    31 | Methods Other Than Rod and Reel

    32-33 | Live Bait

    33 | Free Fishing Day

    34-36 | Identify Your Fish

    37 | Reciprocal Agreements

    38-39 | Tennessee Angler recognition Program

    40-41 | State Record Fish

    42 | Snapping Turtles

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    Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

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    Effective March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014FISHING GUIDE

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    »statewide • Statewide Hook Restriction: Unless otherwise restricted in this guide, anglers are restricted to

    a maximum of 3 hooks per rod, pole, or hand-held line. Single, double, or treble hooks each count as one hook. This restriction does not apply to the Sabiki or piscatore rigs, which are a set of small lures attached along a single line. Also, the Umbrella Rig Restriction which allowed only one hook on arrays with more than 3 lures was removed from the regulations.

    • Skipjack Herring: Creel limit of 100 per day, no length limit. • Brook Trout: No length limit, except as noted on page 25 for Caney Fork and Clinch rivers. • Air guns were added to the list of equipment that may not be used to shoot fish and turtles.

    »Region 1 • Kentucky Lake: Redear Sunfish – Creel limit of 20 per day. • Pickwick Lake: Smallmouth Bass – 15-inch minimum length limit. • Carroll County Lake: This is a newly created lake that will be open to fishing on March 20, 2013.

    › Largemouth Bass – 18-inch minimum length limit, creel limit of 2 per day. › Bluegill/Redear Sunfish – No length limit, creel limit of 20 per day in combination. › Crappie (all species) – 10-inch minimum length limit, creel limit of 30 per day in combination. › Blue/Channel Catfish – No length limit, creel limit of 5 per day in combination.

    • Herb Parsons Lake and Whiteville Lake: Crappie (all species) – 8-inch minimum length limit. • Gibson County Lake: Jug fishing is allowed.

    »Region 2 • Liberty Park Lake (Clarksville): Catfish – Creel limit of 5 per day.

    »Region 3 • Cordell Hull Lake: Largemouth Bass slot limit – 16-21 inch protected length range, allowing

    harvest of 3 under 16 inches and 2 fish over 21 inches. • Parksville Lake: Spotted Bass – No creel limit on spotted bass and they do not count towards the

    daily creel limit of black bass (5) in combination with smallmouth and largemouth bass.

    »Region 4 • Cherokee Reservoir: Walleye, Sauger, and Saugeye – 15-inch minimum length limit on all three

    species with a creel limit of 10 per day in combination.

    »Wild Trout streams — TWRA Regions 3 and 4 Special regulations on sections of 18 wild trout streams were removed or modified. Ten streams returned to the statewide daily creel limit of 7 fish with no length limit. Eight streams will continue to be restricted to single-hook artificial lures only, and the creel limit will be 5 trout per day with no length limit. See page 26 for details.

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