Most of you have probably noticed that our current Fishing Guide is good until the end of this year, 2012. That means that on Jan. 1, 2013 a new Fishing Guide will be valid and that means we have been discussing potential fishing regulation changes. Our Fisheries Division staff here at the Game & Parks Commission has had a lot of discussions about fishing regulations, we have them all the time, but those discussions have been a little more “focused” with the need to publish a new Fishing Guide for 2013-2014.
You can find a list of the proposed fishing regulation changes for 2013-2014 here,
We would appreciate it if you take a look at those proposals and let us know what you think. There are instructions there for your reply. In order to keep the process on time we have to ask that you reply by August 24, 2012. This is an important part of our regulation process and we want to get feedback from our anglers. Fisheries regulation proposals for 2013-2014 will be discussed by our board of commissioners at the August 2012 commission meeting.
Notice again that these regulation changes are being proposed for a two-year period. We are keeping our fisheries regulation process on a two-year cycle. I realize there are 13 pages of proposed changes and that seems like a lot, but a lot of that is explanation and justification included in the text. You will notice that a number of the proposed changes deal with bait regulations and aquatic invasive species. Take some time, look it all over, feel free to comment on as much or as little as you wish.
If you agree with the proposed changes, let us know. If you do not agree, we want to hear that too. If you have comments about regulations that are currently in place with no proposed changes, we would love to hear about that as well.