Regulations for black bass on several water bodies across the state will change on Sunday, April 20 after biologists determined that length regulations have not been effective, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Slot limits will be rescinded for Black Bayou Lake in Bossier Parish, Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish, Cross Lake in Caddo Parish, Lake Rodemacher in Rapides Parish, Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish and Spanish Lake in New Iberia and St. Martin parishes.

Statewide regulations, with a 10-fish daily creel and no length restrictions, will apply for black bass on these lakes, according to the release.

Insufficient harvest of small bass was cited for Black Bayou Lake, Chicot Lake, Cross Lake and Vernon Lake, while habitat impairments are the issue for Spanish Lake and Lake Rodemacher, the release states.

While the removal of the slot limit is expected to increase angler harvest on these lakes, the potential for overharvest is low and LDWF biologists will continue to monitor fish population status with frequent sampling, according to the release.