New for 2018
2018 CREEL LIMITS: The statewide creel limit for blue catfish is five fish per day, and it is separate from the 10-fish channel catfish daily creel limit. By regulation, a blue catfish is identified by having 30 or more rays in the anal fin. A channel catfish has less than 30 rays in the anal fin. The statewide creel limit for wipers and stripers is 5 per day. The creel limit on crappie at Marion and El Dorado reservoirs is 20 per day. The length limit on walleye at Cedar Bluff Reservoir is 21inches and the length limit on crappie10 inches. (These are not all the changes to creel limits, so be sure to check “Locations, Length and Creel Limits” for specific waters, beginning on Page 12.)
GIVING FISH TO ANOTHER: Legally taken sport fish may be possessed without limit in time and may be given to another if accompanied by a dated, written notice that includes the donor’s printed name, address, signature and license or permit number.
FREE FISHING DAYS: 2018 Free Fishing Days are June 2 and 3.
LENGTH LIMITS: A slot length limit is in effect for blue catfish on Milford Reservoir; all blue catfish between 25 inches and 40 inches long must be released, and the daily creel limit of five blue cats can only include one fish longer than 40 inches. The minimum length limit on blue catfish at Tuttle Creek Reservoir is now 35 inches. The minimum length limit on smallmouth bass at Glen Elder Reservoir is now 21 inches. (These are not all the changes to length limits, so be sure to check “Locations, Length and Creel Limits” for specific waters, beginning on Page 12.)
PADDLE FISH: Anglers younger than 16 may fish with an adult’s paddlefish snagging permit while accompanied by that adult with at least one unused carcass tag in possession. All paddlefish anglers must use barbless hooks.