Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on several proposed
changes for fishing-related rules.
A public hearing
has been scheduled for 6 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Aug. 17, at the
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library, 1120 Stafford Road.
significant proposed changes:
* Increasing the
statewide minimum size limit to 24 inches for Northern pike, and changing
the statewide daily bag limit of three Northern pike to include no more than
one per day longer than 30 inches. Hamilton Lake (Steuben County) would be
the only exception to the statewide rule with a daily bag limit of six
Northern pike and no minimum size limit, and no more than one Northern pike
per day longer than 30 inches.
* Removing the slot
limit for largemouth bass on Shakamak State Park’s three lakes and four
lakes on Hoosier National Forest in Perry County, making the largemouth bass
size limit at those lakes the statewide limit of 14 inches.
* Increasing the
daily bag limit for lake trout taken in Lake Michigan and its tributaries to
three per day instead of two.
* Prohibiting the
use of a cast net, seine, or any other device used to collect bait extending
from a dam downstream 500 yards, including the Ohio River. The rule’s
purpose is to help prevent the spread of Asian carp into other aquatic
systems with the misidentification of target bait species because some bait
fish species look similar to Asian carp.
* Requiring the
tagging of setlines and trotlines that are left unattended in the Ohio
River. The change would make the rule consistent with requirements for
setlines and trotlines set on inland waters.
Public comments can
be submitted to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC) at nrc.IN.gov/2377.htm
Click on “Comment on this rule” next to the FW Biennial Fisheries
Amendments. Or mail comments to Natural Resources Commission, Indiana
Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave., Room N103, Indianapolis, IN
The deadline for
public comments is Friday, Aug. 18.
All comments sent
to the NRC regarding these rule changes will be provided to Commission
members and DNR staff and will be publicly disclosed and searchable on the
internet and in a paper docket as part of the final report.
The final report
with the request for final adoption is expected to be presented to the NRC
at its September meeting.
Any rule changes
approved by the NRC would not take effect until after final adoption and
approval by the Attorney General’s Office and Governor’s Office. The
approved permanent rule changes are not expected to take effect in 2017.