Fishing

Fishing

May 1st, 2013 by Jim Tanner in Getout Fishing

Dream Bass Tourney

The seventh annual Sportsman's Warehouse Dream Bass Tournament will be held May 4 at Chester Frost Park.

The entry fee is $150 per boat, and proceeds from the tournament benefit the athletic department at Silverdale Baptist Academy.

For more information, contact Brent Brady at 423-718-0326 or by email at bbrady@dixielabels.com.

School of Fish

On June 1, the Tennessee High School State Fishing Championship will be held at Nickajack Lake. Many local high schools have formed bass fishing teams in recent years, and a team from Soddy-Daisy won the state title in 2011. Last year, local prep teams from Soddy-Daisy, Rhea County, Walker Valley and Grundy County high schools competed in the tournament.

The tournament will be run at the Shellmound boat ramp, and information on this tournament as well as more about high school fishing can be found at www.highschoolfishing.org

Big (Fish) Trouble

According to an article in the Tennessean newspaper, four fishermen in Nashville recently found themselves in hot water after hauling in 420 white bass below the dam on Cheatham Lake. The state limit is 15 white bass per angler per day, putting the quartet at 360 fish over the legal limit. TWRA spokesman Doug Markham told the newspaper that the incident was likely "the most serious rod and reel poaching case that I've seen worked in Tennessee." The TWRA confiscated the fishing gear of the four men and will likely ask a judge to revoke their fishing licenses for a year.

Cast Your Opinion

There's not much time left to submit your recommendations and comments for the 2014 Tennessee fishing regulations. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is asking the public for input, ideas and concerns about fishing regulations in the state as TWRA prepares to formulate the fishing rules for next year.

Comments will be accepted until May 3 and can be submitted by mail to Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or by email with the subject line "Fish Comments" at TWRA.Comment@tn.gov.

Public input is important for TWRA as it determines what rules need to be strengthened or adjusted and what rules may no longer serve a purpose for private and commercial fishing throughout the state. TWRA will set regulations for 2014 at the October meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.