Freshwater Devices & Restrictions
Game fish may be taken only by pole and line (including rod and reel). Channel, blue, and flathead catfish also may be taken with a trotline, jugline, or throwline.
It is unlawful to:
Jugline--a fishing line with five or less hooks tied to a free-floating device. Gear tag must be attached within six inches of the free-floating device and marked with the date set out. For non-commercial purposes, a jugline must be marked with a white free-floating device.
Gear tag--a tag made of material as durable as the device to which it is attached. A gear tag must be clearly legible and show the name and address of the person using the device and the date the device is set out. For freshwater trolleys, the gear tag is valid for 30 days.
Trotline--a fishing line with more than 5 hooks attached and with one end attached to a fixture. The gear tag is valid for 30 days. Against the law in these cases:
NOTE: Special regulations apply within the boundaries of Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.
*Daily bag limit for both smallmouth and largemouth bass=5 bass any combination not exceeding 3 smallmouth. Possession limit of 10 bass with no more than 6 smallmouth.
**Limit of 5 catfish at Spring Canyon--a day-use only area.
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