Resources Commission (NRC) gave final adoption to a number of
fisheries-related rule changes at its meeting in Indianapolis on Tuesday.
The rule changes
must still be approved by the Attorney General’s Office and Governor’s
Office before taking effect. In addition to changes pertaining to commercial
fishing, the package includes these changes to sport fishing rules:
* Increasing the
daily bag limit for lake trout taken from Lake Michigan.
* Increasing the
size limit for Northern pike.
* Changing the size
limit for largemouth bass taken from lakes on Shakamak State Park and
Hoosier National Forest.
* Prohibiting the
use of cast nets, seines, or other devices in the collecting of minnows at a
location extending from a dam downstream 500 yards on inland waters.
* Adding a tagging
requirement for fishing equipment or devices left unattended for both sport
and commercial fishing.
The NRC also
preliminarily adopted a number of amendments to 312 IAC 9, which governs
This action simply
starts the rule-change process, meaning that none of these amendments would
take effect this year. The NRC will begin accepting public comments and
conduct at least one public hearing on these proposed amendments later this
* Allowing the
hides and carcasses of legally harvested furbearers taken during the season
to be kept year-round by hunters and trappers without a special
authorization or permit.
* Authorizing a
bobcat hunting and trapping season in a restricted number of counties in
southern Indiana with a bag limit of one per person and a statewide quota.
* Adding several
bats and the rufa red knot (a federally endangered bird) to the state’s
endangered species list.
* Removing the
osprey and several mussels from the state’s endangered species list.
* Adding three
counties to the fall wild turkey firearms hunting season: Elkhart, Kosciusko
* Requiring the
euthanasia of raccoons, opossums, and coyotes taken under the nuisance wild
animal control permit.
View the complete
rule proposal package at