The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission adopted a notice of intent that would alter daily creel limit regulations for channel and blue catfish taken in Toledo Bend Reservoir, Caddo Lake and the Sabine River.
Based on a cooperative biological study between LDWF and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the proposed rule change would maintain the current daily creel limit of 50 fish, but set a limit of five fish over 30 inches in total length, according to a press release.
The current daily creel limit of 50 fish, with a limit of five channel and blue catfish over twenty inches in total length, was adopted in 2011 as part of a coordinated effort with TPWD to establish uniform regulations of boundary waters, the release states.
According to the release, both LDWF and TPWD biologists conducted follow-up sampling and determined the catfish populations in question are healthy and the current regulation was overly restrictive.
To see the joint report by LDWF and TPWD, click here.
Interested persons may submit related comments by March 10, 2014 to Mike Wood, LDWF, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.