Jan. 30, 2019
Randy Zellers Assistant Chief of Communications
LITTLE ROCK – The latest edition of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing and trout fishing guidebooks are being distributed to AGFC offices and license dealers around the state. The guide is free and contains a few changes from 2018.
Changes in the 2019 guides include:
- Removal of the 16- to 21-inch protective slot limit on largemouth bass in Tommy L. Sproles Lake Pickthorne in Lonoke County.
- Reduction of sportfish daily creel limits on Lake June in Lafayette County during its renovation.
- Reduction of the 50 fish/day creel limit on crappie in Horseshoe Lake in Crittenden County to a 30 fish/day daily limit, putting it in line with statewide limits.
- Restricting largemouth bass harvest on lakes Dunn and Austell in Cross County to 10 largemouth bass per day with only one fish over 20 inches long. Anglers are encouraged to harvest small bass to allow better growth of remaining fish.
- Reduction of all sportfish daily limits to half of the statewide limit on Lake Chicot in Chicot County during its planned 2019 drawdown.
- Application period for 2020 trophy alligator gar tags (required for harvesting an alligator gar longer than 36 inches) will be Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2019.
- Removal of the restriction on common carp as bait on Dierks Lake in Howard County and De Queen Lake in Sevier County.
- Addition of the White Hall Community Pond in Jefferson County and the Arkansas State University Pond in Craighead County to Family and Community Fishing Program daily limits and restrictions.
- Prohibiting all possession of live Asian carp.
- Restricting fishing on Cypress Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Lonoke and White counties, Rex Hancock Black Swamp WMA in Woodruff County, and University of Arkansas Pine Tree Experimental Station Wildlife Demonstration Area in St. Francis County to rod and pole fishing only.