Changes to AR Fishing Regulations Take Effect

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by Shannon Cay


BULL SHOALS, Ark. – Anglers venturing out for some New Year fishing will find a few changes to fishing regulations on both Norfork and Bull Shoals Lakes.

Most of the regulations were passed in August during the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s regular regulations cycle but were post-dated to be effective in January.

This allowed for anglers to see them in the 2018 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook and 2018 Trout Fishing Guidebook and for signs to be placed at fishing accesses where area-specific regulations have changed.

One of the local changes this year is that the Monkey Island Catch-and-Release Area on Bull Shoals Tailwater has been removed.

Also, the daily limit on all trout species combined is still five, but now only one of those fish maybe 14 inches or larger.

The new rules also say that the daily limit on cutthroat has been reduced to one, and the minimum length for that species is now 24 inches.

The daily limit on brook trout has been reduced to one.

And finally, when using natural or scented bait on the Bull Shoals and Norfork tailwaters, anglers may only use a single hooking point.

For a copy of the changes and a link to other lake’s changes, you will want to go HERE.