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Length and Bag Limit Regulations Change for Anglers at Some Texas Reservoirs

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Fishing regulations have changed for some Texas reservoirs.

Texas Parks and Wildlife reminds anglers that fish-harvest regulations have been modified in some lakes around the state, including Lake Alan Henry.

Lake Alan Henry, located 45 miles south of Lubbock, has new regulations for black bass. The new minimum length limit for smallmouth bass is 14 inches and the daily bag limit is five fish.

For spotted bass and largemouth bass, there is no minimum length limit, and a daily bag limit of any combination of five largemouth or spotted bass is in effect. Only two bass less than 18 inches long may be retained per day. These new regulations replace Lake Alan Henry’s prior 18-inch minimum length limit for spotted and smallmouth bass.

Abilene’s Lake Kirby has changed the original 12-inch minimum length and 25-fish daily bag limit for blue and channel catfish to no minimum length limit, and a daily bag limit has been raised to 50 blue or channel catfish in any combination. Only five channel or blue catfish 20 inches or greater can be kept,

Another regulation that went into effect allows for handfishing, also known as “noodling” for blue, channel, and flathead catfish.

The entire 2011-2012 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual is available online at www.txoutdoorannual.com.

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