Mississippi speckled trout anglers will have to make alternate plans during the first months of 2017, if a proposal by the state’s Commission of Marine Resources today is approved.

The agency announced it's intent to implement a three-month closure of recreational trout fishing in state waters from Jan. 1 through March 31.

“The closure shocked the crap out of me,” Alex Smith, an angler who attended the Gulfport meeting, told Mississippi Sportsman. “It came out of the blue; a commissioner just proposed it, and it was approved.

“There was no comment. I think people were just shocked.”

Commissioners also proposed bumping the minimum size limit to 15 inches from its current 13 inches.

For more details on today’s ruling, read the full story by Andy Crawford here