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Feb. 2, 2016



TPWD Proposing Changes to Bass and Catfish Fishing Regulations; Drum and Amberjack Size Limits

AUSTIN —Fisheries staff with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are considering proposals to adjust bass and catfish fishing regulations in specific waters and areas, move saugeye under walleye harvest regulations, and clarify length limits on black drum and amberjack and rules prohibiting snagging of fish with pole-and-line.

The proposed changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Recreational and Commercial Fishing regulations include:

Comments on the proposed black drum and amberjack rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Jeremy Leitz (512) 389-4333; e-mail: jeremy.leitz@tpwd.texas.gov , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.

Comments on the proposed clarification of snagging rules, and the prohibition on removing the tail of a shark may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Brandi Reeder (512) 389-4853: e-mail brandi.reeder@tpwd.texas.gov, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.

Comments on the proposed bass, catfish, and saugeye rules may be submitted by phone or e-mail to Ken Kurzawski (512) 389-4591; e-mail: ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744.

Comments may also be submitted through the department’s Internet web site www.tpwd.texas.gov in February once the proposals have been published in the Texas Register as well as at the following public meetings.

Public hearings on these proposals are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 in Emory at the Emory City Center on Hwy. 19 North, and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 in Beaumont at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

A live online public hearing via webinar will also be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Details and instructions for participation in the online public hearing webinar will be made available on the TPWD website.

SL 2016-02-02


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