Geographic exceptions to warm water fishery boundaries

Background

Creel and length limit geographic boundaries are often defined by permanent, physical landmarks like bridges and dams. These geographic exceptions or boundaries periodically need to be redefined due to changes in the landmarks or changing management objectives for the fishery.

Staff is considering the following to address this issue:

  • New River geographic exception - Adjust the current geographic exception on the New River black bass slot limit to include the lower end of Walker Creek (approximately 0.1 miles) from the Norfolk and Western Railroad Bridge downstream and the lower end of Wolf Creek (approximately 0.4 miles) from the Narrows dam downstream. The lower ends of these creeks tend to stockpile smallmouth bass during certain times of the year and should be regulated in similar fashion as the New River.

(posted 2/11/2014)

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