Fishing Regulations for MDWFP Lakes Proposed

JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) Fisheries Bureau announced proposed fishing regulations and the proposed opening date for Lake Monroe, which is located near Aberdeen.  The regulations include a slot limit of 14-22 inches for largemouth bass, with a daily creel limit of 10 bass per angler including one bass over 22 inches.  Daily creel limits of 20 crappie,100 bream, and 0 walleye have also been proposed.  “These regulations will help sustain high angler catch rates and protect the initial stock of largemouth bass,” said MDWFP Fisheries Biologist Trevor Knight.  Lake Monroe will host a youth fishing day on Saturday, June 3 and will open to the general public on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Changes to regulations have also been proposed at several MDWFP lakes.  At Lake Tom Bailey in Lauderdale County, the proposed rule will remove the 15-inch minimum length limit on largemouth bass and increase the daily creel limit to 10 fish per angler.  The daily creel limit will be 10 bream and 5 crappie per angler at the Olive Branch City Park ponds.  In addition, at the McMillian Park pond in Carthage, the proposed rule will increase the largemouth bass daily creel limit to two fish per angler.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed changes may do so in writing to the Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, 1505 Eastover Dr., Jackson, MS 39211, no later than April 26, 2017.

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