Fishing rule changes sought to Ohio Wildlife Council

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Fishing rule changes sought to Ohio Wildlife Council

COLUMBUS — Changes to the 2019-20 fishing season were among the regulations proposed to the Ohio Wildlife Council at a recent meeting, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Several other changes were voted on which had previously been presented to the council. The changes were approved and become effective later this month.

Changes were made to black bass fishing regulations, which includes largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass in the Lake Erie sport fishing district. Now, the season for black bass is closed from May 1 through the last Saturday in June. It was proposed to remove this closure to provide a year-round open season for black bass. Additional proposed rules would establish a daily bag limit of one black bass with an 18-inch minimum size limit from May 1 through the fourth Saturday in June to continue to protect the fishery. Outside of this period, the existing black bass regulations of a five-fish daily limit with a 14-inch minimum size limit still would apply.

Proposed changes for crappie fishing include crappie size and bag limits at certain waters. It was proposed that the 30-fish daily bag limit and the 9-inch minimum size limit for crappie be removed at the following lakes and reservoirs: Acton, Cledening, Hargus, Highlandtown, Knox, Madison, Nimisila, Rush Creek and Springfield lakes; C.J. Brown, Clear Fork, Griggs and West Branch reservoirs.

Additional proposed rule changes include allowing camping at K.H. Butler Wildlife Area in Gallia County, increasing the annual fee for watercraft docking permits at ODNR Division of Wildlife-owned docks, and changes to ginseng harvest requirements.

A complete list of proposed rules changes can be found at wildohio.gov.

Approved changes to river otter trapping regulations include adding new counties and zone designation changes, additional quail hunting at Tri-Valley and Crown City wildlife areas and allowing the use of range finders and other devices that utilize non-visible light when hunting with a longbow or crossbow.

A statewide public hearing on the proposed rules is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus.

Originally posted at The Advertiser Tribune on Jul, 15 2018.
Image Courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife.