New fishing regulations became effective January first. Be sure to look for the full 2017-18 Arizona Game and Fish Department fishing regulations online (at www.azgfd.com). Also, the new fishing regulations booklet will be available at all AZGFD offices and license dealers in early January.
Here are some of the changes:
- Reduce the daily trout bag limit to five at the Colorado River from Lake Mead to California-Nevada boundary (including Lake Mohave)
- Reduce the daily bag limits to two bass, minimum size 13 inches; and 4 catfish in any combination at Whitehorse Lake.
- Change the season and daily bag limit from Glen Canyon Dam to the Paria Riffle to two rainbow trout; artificial fly and lure only; barbless hooks only.
- Close the Kino Environmental Restoration Project to fishing. The Kino Environmental Restoration Project is in Tucson (Pima County).
- Change the daily trout bag limit to two at Frye Mesa Reservoir.
- Allow the use of fathead minnows caught on site to be used as bait at Riggs Flat Lake.
- Create a year-round bow-and-arrow season for catfish at Apache, Canyon and Saguaro lakes, with a special regulation daily bag limit of five catfish in any combination.
- Catch and release regulations for largemouth bass at Pena Blanca Lake and Dankworth Pond will have sunset and will no longer be in effect. The statewide limit of six bass will apply.