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New 2011 Regulations

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Statewide

• There are new licenses available for anglers (also see pages 8–7). Additional permits may be required at some locations.

– Type 63: Resident South Holston Reservoir License- Tennessee residents that have a Tennessee fishing license can purchase this license to fish the Virginia side of South Holston Reservoir.

– Type 23: Resident One Day All Fish – allows residents 16 and over to fish for any species including trout for that day, without needing to purchase a trout license (Type 22).

– Type 82: Nonresident One Day Fishing – allows nonresidents 13 and over to fish for one day for all species, except trout.

– Type 83: Nonresident One Day All Fish – allows nonresidents who are 13 and over to fish for one day for any species including trout.

– Type 97: Available to both residents and nonresidents who are 13 and over. It allows the angler to fish Gatlinburg trout streams for one day without purchasing any other licenses or permits.

• New administrative boundaries have been established between TWRA’s Regions 3 and 4.

– Region 3 Office (Crossville) now manages fisheries in Monroe County, including Calderwood, Chilhowee and Indian Boundary reservoirs, and Tellico River.

– Region 4 Office (Morristown) now manages fisheries in Scott County, and will continue to manage Tellico Reservoir.

• Slat baskets must be checked at least every 72 hours.

Region 1

Browns Creek Lake

  • Bass: 18-24 inch protected length range (slot limit). Only one bass in creel of 5 bass may be over 24 inches.

Gibson County Lake

  • Bass: 18-24 inch protected length range (slot limit). Only one bass in creel of 5 bass may be over 24 inches.

Region 3

Big Creek (Polk County)

• Removed Big Creek from list of Polk County streams that have special regulations.

• This stream will not be stocked with trout.

Dale Hollow Reservoir

• Removed seasonal regulations for trout. The new regulation is a 7 trout creel limit with no size limits for brown and rainbow trout that are stocked in this reservoir.

Great Falls Reservoir:

• Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length limit

Hiwassee River (Apalachia Powerhouse downstream to L&N Railroad Bridge)

• Removed Quality Trout Fishing Area Regulations and brown trout size limit.

• Establish Delayed Harvest Regulations –

– October 1 through last day of February. No harvest of trout allowed, artificial lures only.

– March 1 through September 30 – Creel limit is 7 trout (all species combined), only two may be brown trout. No gear or bait restrictions.

Piney River (Cumberland Trail State Park downstream to Highway 27 Bridge)

• Establish Delayed Harvest Regulations –

– November 1 through last day of February – No harvest of trout allowed,
artificial lures only.

– March 1 through October 31 – Creel limit is 7 trout (all species combined). No bait
or gear restrictions.

Region 4

Melton Hill Reservoir

• Muskellunge that are not intended to be harvested must be released immediately in a manner that promotes survival of fish. Culling of muskellunge, whereby an angler removes a muskellunge from his creel limit and replaces it with another more desirable muskellunge, is not allowed.

South Holston Reservoir

  • Catfish: creel limit 20 per day, only one may be over 34 inches.
  • Bluegill: creel limit 50 per day.
  • White Bass: no harvest permitted. TWRA and VADGIF are cooperatively managing through stocking and restrictive regulations to eventually allow harvest of this species.
  • Limblines: an angler may only fish 15 limblines.
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