Fishing guide released, full of changes
By Tom Wiest | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The 2013 Tennessee Fishing Guide is now published and delivered to all of the license agencies. There are new regulations statewide and for all four regions of the state. The effective date for these changes is March 1.
Statewide changes: Anglers are restricted to a maximum of three hooks per rod, pole or hand-held line. Single, double and treble hooks count as one hook. This restriction does not apply to the Sabiki or piscatore rigs, which are a set of small lures attached along a single line. Also, the restriction on umbrella rigs, which allowed only one hook on arrays with more than three lures, was removed from the regulations.
Skipjack herring: There is a new creel limit of 100 per day with no length limit.
Brook trout: No length limit, except as noted on page 25 for Caney Fork and Clinch rivers.
Air guns are added to the list of equipment that may not be used to shoot fish and turtles.
Region IV changes: Cherokee Reservoir will have a 15-inch minimum length on walleye, sauger and saugeye, with a combined creel limit of 10 per day.
Wild trout streams in Regions III and IV: Special regulations on sections of 18 wild trout streams were removed or modified. Changes involve creel limits, length limits and artificial lures for certain streams. See page 26 of the fishing guide for details.
• A Death Notice: Quail Unlimited has passed away. With a message from President Bill E. Bowles on its website http://www.qu.org , Quail Unlimited, the nation’s oldest quail advocacy group, has announced its immediate closure.
The announcement closed the book on a conservation organization that, despite its best efforts, could not overcome mismanagement on a national level first uncovered nearly three years ago. Besides financial improprieties, there are several federal investigations involving missing firearms supposedly used in QU fundraising efforts.
In that concession message, Bowles encouraged members to move their memberships and allegiances to Quail Forever.
Meanwhile, Quail Forever and sister organization Pheasants Forever are welcoming former Quail Unlimited members and chapter officers to continue their bobwhite conservation quest with QF.
In a welcome page linked from the former QU website and closure announcement, Quail Forever is quick to point out a critical difference between QF and QU: a four-star Charity Navigator rating. That rating puts the organization at the top of the nation’s various conservation groups with 91.23 cents of every dollar raised going directly back into conservation work.
The welcome also points out that the 100 Quail Forever chapters nationally have the individual responsibility of determining how 100 percent of their locally-raised conservation funds are spent. As a result chapter volunteers are able to see the fruits of their efforts locally, while belonging to a national organization of more than 10,000 members with a strong voice on federal and state conservation policy. Check it out at http://www.quailforever.org and consider joining.
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