TOURISM, ARTS AND HERITAGE CABINET

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

(Amendment)

 

††††† 301 KAR 1:410. Taking of fish by nontraditional fishing methods.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 150.010, 150.170, 150.175, 150.235, 150.445, 150.620, 150.990

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 150.025(1), 150.440, 150.470, 235.280

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 150.025(1) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations to establish seasons for the taking of fish and wildlife, to regulate bag limits, creel limits, and methods of take, and to make those requirements apply to a limited area. KRS 150.440 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations for establishing open seasons and creel limits for rough fish by gigging, grabbing, snaring, and snagging. KRS 150.470 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations for bag or creel limits for fish. KRS 235.280 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations to govern the fair, reasonable, equitable, and safe use of all waters of the state. This administrative regulation establishes the procedures for taking sport and rough fish by nontraditional fishing methods including underwater spearing, scuba diving, sport fishing trotlines, jugging, setlines, gigging, snagging, grabbing, bow fishing, and the taking of rough fish from backwaters.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Archery equipment" means a long bow, recurve bow, or compound bow incapable of holding an arrow at full or partial draw without aid from the archer.

††††† (2) "Asian carp" means bighead carp, silver carp, black carp, and grass carp.

††††† (3) "Bowfishing" means shooting rough fish with an arrow with a barbed or retractable style point that has a line attached to it for retrieval with archery equipment or a crossbow.

††††† (4) "Crossbow" means a bow designed or fitted with a device to hold an arrow at full or partial draw without the aid from an archer.

††††† (5) "Cull" means to release a previously caught fish that an angler has kept as a part of a daily creel limit and replace it with another fish of the same species.

††††† (6) "Sport fisherman" means a person holding a valid resident or nonresident fishing license and includes those persons who are license exempt pursuant to KRS 150.170.

††††† (7) "Temporary aquatic area" means an area temporarily inundated from, but still connected to, a stream, river, or reservoir and that persists only for the duration of the elevated water levels.

††††† (8) "Temporary pool" means an area temporarily inundated from, but not connected to, a stream, river, or reservoir.

 

††††† Section 2. Skin Diving, Scuba Diving, and Underwater Spear Fishing. (1) Skin diving or scuba diving shall be prohibited in all lakes owned by the department, except as established in subsections (2), (3), and (4) of this section.

††††† (2) Skin diving and scuba diving shall be allowed in salvage operations if the diver receives prior written permission from:

††††† (a) The departmentís Division of Law Enforcement; or

††††† (b) The local conservation officer who is assigned to the particular department-owned lake.

††††† (3) Skin diving or scuba diving shall be permitted anytime without prior authorization in cases of emergency involving the possibility of saving human life or in the recovery of a drowning victim.

††††† (4) Skin diving and scuba diving shall be allowed in Greenbo Lake:

††††† (a) In a designated cove marked with signage and buoys;

††††† (b) From April 1 through October 31; and

††††† (c) From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

††††† (5) A person who is skin diving or scuba diving in a designated cove pursuant to subsection (4) of this subsection shall display an international diving flag pursuant to[the requirements established in] †301 KAR 6:030.

††††† (6) Recreational boating and angling shall be prohibited in the designated cove marked with signage and buoys during the times open to skin diving and scuba diving as established in subsection (4) of this section if an international diving flag is present in the cove.

††††† (7) Underwater spearing of fish with a hand held spear or mechanically-propelled spear shall be legal throughout the year in lakes 1,000 acres in size or larger as measured at the normal summer pool level as established in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection.[, with the following provisions:]

††††† (a) A participant who is spearing fish shall:

††††† 1. Be completely submerged in the water where spearing takes place;

††††† 2. Possess a valid Kentucky fishing license or be license exempt pursuant to KRS 150.170; and

††††† 3. Only spear rough fish.[; and]

††††† (b) The daily limit shall be fifteen (15) rough fish, no more than five (5) of which shall be catfish.

 

††††† Section 3. Sport Fishing Trotlines, Jugging, and Setlines. (1) Each sport fishing trotline, jug line, or setline shall be permanently labeled or tagged with the name and address of the person using it.

††††† (2) Each trotline, jug line, and setline shall be checked by the owner at least once every twenty-four (24) hours, at which time the owner shall:

††††† (a) Bait all hooks; and

††††† (b) Remove all caught fish.

††††† (3) A trotline, setline, or jug line shall be confiscated if:

††††† (a) It is not properly labeled or tagged; or

††††† (b) It is not checked or baited at least once every twenty-four (24) hours.

††††† (4) A sport fisherman shall not use more than:

††††† (a) Two (2) sport fishing trotlines;

††††† (b) Twenty-five (25) setlines; or

††††† (c) Fifty (50) jug lines.

††††† (5) Multiple sport fishermen in one (1) boat shall not use more than fifty (50) jug lines per boat.

††††† (6) A person using a sport fishing trotline shall:

††††† (a) Set the trotline at least three (3) feet below the water's surface;

††††† (b) Not have more than fifty (50) single or multi-barbed hooks; and

††††† (c) Have all hooks at least eighteen (18) inches apart on the trotline.

††††† (7) A person shall not use a jug line or setline with more than one (1) single or multi-barbed hook.

††††† (8) Sport fishing trotlines, jugs, or setlines shall not be used in the[following] waters established in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this subsection:

††††† (a) In the Tennessee River within 700 yards of Kentucky Dam;

††††† (b) In the Cumberland River below Barkley Dam to the Highway 62 bridge;

††††† (c) In any lake less than 500 surface acres owned or managed by the department, except:

††††† 1. Ballard Wildlife Management Area lakes, Ballard County;

††††† 2. Peal Wildlife Management Area lakes, Ballard County; and

††††† 3. Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area lakes, Ballard County; or

††††† (d) In the[following] areas of the Ohio River established in subparagraphs 1. through 8. of this paragraph:[;]

††††† 1. Smithland Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall;

††††† 2. J. T. Meyers Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall and that portion of the split channel around the southern part of Wabash Island from the fixed weir dam to the first dike;

††††† 3. Newburgh Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall;

††††† 4. Cannelton Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall;

††††† 5. McAlpine Dam downstream to the K & I railroad bridge;

††††† 6. Markland Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall;

††††† 7. Meldahl Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall; or

††††† 8. Greenup Dam downstream to a line perpendicular to the end of the outer lock wall.

††††† (9)(a) The Taylorsville Lake blue and channel catfish limits shall be an aggregate daily creel limit of fifteen (15).

††††† (b) Only one (1) fish of either species in the aggregate daily creel limit shall be longer than twenty-five (25) inches.

 

††††† Section 4. Temporary Aquatic Areas and Temporary Pools. (1) The department, with consent of the landowner, may delineate temporary aquatic areas and temporary pools where rough fish may be taken by any method except:

††††† (a) Poison;

††††† (b) Electrical devices;

††††† (c) Firearms; or[and]

††††† (d) Explosives.

††††† (2) The department shall be authorized to establish the exact dates and times when rough fish may be taken in temporary aquatic areas and temporary pools.

††††† (3) A person shall be required to possess a valid Kentucky fishing license or be license exempt pursuant to KRS 150.170.

††††† (4) A person with a valid commercial fishing license may use nets and seines as long as the nets and seines are appropriately tagged, pursuant to 301 KAR 1:146.

††††† (5) A person shall first obtain the permission of the landowner before taking rough fish from a temporary pool.

 

††††† Section 5. Gigging and Snagging. (1) Gigging and snagging season shall be February 1 through May 10, except as established[provided] in subsections (7) and (9) of this section.

††††† (2) A person shall not:

††††† (a) Gig or snag a sport fish, pursuant to 301 KAR 1:060, except as established[provided] in subsections (7) and (9) of this section;

††††† (b) Gig or snag from a platform;

††††† (c) Gig from a boat in a lake with a surface area of less than 500 acres;

††††† (d) Gig at night from a boat; or

††††† (e) Snag from a boat.

††††† (3) A snagging rod shall be equipped with:

††††† (a) Line;

††††† (b) Guides;

††††† (c) A reel; and

††††† (d) One (1) single hook or treble hook attached to the line, except that five (5) hooks, either single or treble, may be used when snagging in:

††††† 1. The Green River and its tributaries; or

††††† 2. The Rolling Fork River and its tributaries.

††††† (4) A person who accidentally gigs or snags a sport fish shall immediately return the fish to the water, except as established[provided] in subsections (7) and (9) of this section.

††††† (5) A person shall not gig or snag in the[following] areas or bodies of water established in paragraphs (a) through (f) of this subsection:

††††† (a) The Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam downstream to the Tennessee line, including Hatchery Creek;

††††† (b) Any tributary of the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam to the Tennessee line from the junction of the tributary with the Cumberland River to one-half (1/2) mile upstream;

††††† (c) The Middle Fork of the Kentucky River, from Buckhorn Lake Dam downstream to the Breathitt County line in Perry County;

††††† (d) The Rough River, below Rough River Lake Dam downstream to the State Highway 54 bridge in Breckinridge and Grayson Counties;

††††† (e) Cave Run Lake; or

††††† (f) Within 200 yards of any dam on a river or stream, except as specified in subsection (7) of this section.

††††† (6) A person shall not gig in the Tennessee River below Kentucky Lake Dam.

††††† (7) A person may snag sport fish or rough fish in the Tennessee River below the Kentucky Lake Dam to the U.S. 62 bridge:

††††† (a) For twenty-four (24) hours a day from January 1 through May 31; and

††††† (b) From sunset to sunrise from June 1 through December 31.

††††† (8) A person shall not snag in that section of the Tennessee River from the U.S. 62 bridge to the Interstate 24 bridge.

††††† (9) A person may snag sport fish or rough fish year round in the[that] section of the Tennessee River from the Interstate 24 bridge to the Ohio River.

††††† (10) A person shall not snag on the Tennessee River:

††††† (a) Under the U.S. 62 bridge;

††††† (b) Under the P & L Railroad bridge; or[and]

††††† (c) From the fishing piers located below the U.S. 62 bridge.

††††† (11) There shall not be a daily creel limit for rough fish except:

††††† (a) The daily creel limit for rough fish in the Cumberland River below Barkley Lake Dam shall be eight (8) except there shall not be a creel limit on Asian Carp;

††††† (b) The daily aggregate creel limit for snagging of rough and sport fish in the Tennessee River below Kentucky Lake Dam shall be eight (8) except there shall not be a creel limit on Asian Carp; and

††††† (c)1. The statewide daily creel limit for paddlefish shall be two (2), in all areas outside those established[described] in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection; and

††††† 2. In an area established[described] in paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection, up to eight (8) paddlefish may be taken.

††††† (12) A person shall immediately retain, and not release or cull, any gigged or snagged paddlefish.

††††† (13) All snagged fish in the Tennessee River below Kentucky Lake Dam shall be immediately retained, and not released or culled, except for Asian carp, shad, or herring.

††††† (14) All gigged or snagged rough fish in the Cumberland River below Barkley Lake Dam shall be immediately retained, and not released or culled, except for Asian carp, shad, or herring.

††††† (15) A person shall immediately cease snagging if:

††††† (a) A daily limit of paddlefish is reached; or

††††† (b) A daily limit of sport fish has been caught in the Tennessee River below Kentucky Lake Dam, even if the creel limit for that sport fish is less than eight (8).

 

††††† Section 6. Grabbing[(Tickling and Noodling)]. (1) The grabbing season for rough fish[, also known as tickling and noodling,] shall be June 1 to August 31 during daylight hours.

††††† (2) Grabbing[Tickling and noodling] shall be permitted in all waters.

††††† (3) The daily creel limit for grabbing[tickling and noodling] shall be fifteen (15) fish, no more than five (5) of which may be catfish.

 

††††† Section 7. Bow Fishing. (1) A person using archery equipment or a crossbow shall not take:

††††† (a) Sport fish;

††††† (b) Alligator gar;

††††† (c) More than five (5) catfish daily; or

††††† (d)[(c)] More than two (2) paddlefish daily.

††††† (2) Any paddlefish or catfish shot with archery equipment or a crossbow shall:

††††† (a) Be immediately retained, and not released or culled; and

††††† (b) Shall count toward a person's daily limit.

††††† (3) Bow fishing shall be open statewide, except:

††††† (a) In the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam downstream to the Tennessee line including Hatchery Creek;

††††† (b) In any tributary of the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam to the Tennessee line, from the junction of the tributary with the Cumberland River to one-half (1/2) mile upstream; or[and]

††††† (c) From a boat in restricted areas below navigation, power generating, or flood control dams.

 

GREGORY K. JOHNSON, Commissioner

ROBERT H. STEWART, Secretary

††††† APPROVED BY AGENCY: August 8, 2014

††††† FILED WITH LRC: August 13, 2014 at noon

††††† PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: A public hearing on this administrative regulation shall be held on September 23, 2014, at 9 a.m. at the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in the Commission Room of the Arnold L. Mitchell Building, #1 Sportsmanís Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky. Individuals interested in attending this hearing shall notify this agency in writing by five business days prior to the hearing of their intent to attend. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing is received by that date, the hearing may be canceled. This hearing is open to the public. Any person who attends will be given an opportunity to comment on the proposed administrative regulation. A transcript of the public hearing will not be made available unless a written request for a transcript is made. If you do not wish to attend the public hearing, you may submit written comments on the proposed administrative regulation through September 30, 2014. Send written notification of intent to attend the public hearing or written comments on the proposed administrative regulation to:

††††† CONTACT PERSON: Rose Mack, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, 1 Sportsmanís Lane, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, phone (502) 564-7109, ext. 4507, fax (502) 564-9136, email fwpubliccomments@ky.gov.

 

REGULATORY IMPACT ANALYSIS AND TIERING STATEMENT

 

Contact Person: Rose Mack

††††† (1) Provide a brief summary of:

††††† (a) What this administrative regulation does: This administrative regulation establishes the procedures for taking sport and rough fish by nontraditional fishing methods.

††††† (b) The necessity of this administrative regulation: This administrative regulation is necessary to effectively manage the fish populations of Kentucky and to provide for reasonable recreational fishing opportunity.

††††† (c) How this administrative regulation conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: KRS 150.025(1) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations to establish seasons for the taking of fish and wildlife, to regulate bag limits, creel limits, and methods of take, and to make those requirements apply to a limited area. KRS 150.440 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations for establishing open seasons and creel limits for rough fish by gigging, grabbing, snaring, and snagging. KRS 150.470 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations for bag or creel limits for fish. KRS 235.280 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations to govern the fair, reasonable, equitable, and safe use of all waters of the state.

††††† (d) How this administrative regulation currently assists or will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: This administrative regulation will assist in the administration of the statutes by authorizing the methods used to take fish, the areas open for such take, and the seasons and limits to be used when taking fish by nontraditional methods.

††††† (2) If this is an amendment to an existing administrative regulation, provide a brief summary of:

††††† (a) How the amendment will change this existing administrative regulation: This amendment will eliminate the take of alligator gar by a person using archery equipment.

††††† (b) The necessity of the amendment to this administrative regulation: This amendment is necessary to protect alligator gar from harvest. Alligator gars were extirpated from Kentucky during the early part of the 20th Century. In 2009, the Department began stocking this species in streams in Western Kentucky, where they once existed, to attempt to re-establish the species. Alligator gars are a long lived species and require about eleven (11) years for a female alligator gar to mature. A no harvest regulation on alligator gar is needed to allow the best chance for this re-introduction project to succeed.

††††† (c) How the amendment conforms to the content of the authorizing statutes: See (1)(c) above.

††††† (d) How the amendment will assist in the effective administration of the statutes: See (1)(d) above.

††††† (3) List the type and number of individuals, businesses, organizations, or state and local governments affected by this administrative regulation: All individuals who want to bow fish for alligator gar will be affected.

††††† (4) Provide an analysis of how the entities identified in question (3) will be impacted by either the implementation of this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change, if it is an amendment, including:

††††† (a) List the actions that each of the regulated entities identified in question (3) will have to take to comply with this administrative regulation or amendment: People who want to bow fish for alligator gar will no longer be able to do so, at least until a self-sustaining population develops.

††††† (b) In complying with this administrative regulation or amendment, how much will it cost each of the entities identified in question (3): There will be no cost to people who want to bow fish for alligator gar.

††††† (c) As a result of compliance, what benefits will accrue to the entities identified in question (3): If a self-sustaining population of alligator gar is achieved as a result of the stockings, bow fishermen will be able to harvest trophy sized alligator gar in the future.

††††† (5) Provide an estimate of how much it will cost the administrative body to implement this administrative regulation:

††††† (a) Initially: This administrative regulation change will result in no initial change in cost.

††††† (b) On a continuing basis: There will be no additional cost on a continuing basis.

††††† (6) What is the source of the funding to be used for the implementation and enforcement of this administrative regulation: The source of funding is the State Game and Fish Fund.

††††† (7) Provide an assessment of whether an increase in fees or funding will be necessary to implement this administrative regulation, if new, or by the change if it is an amendment: It will not be necessary to increase any other fees or to increase funding to implement this administrative regulation.

††††† (8) State whether or not this administrative regulation established any fees or directly or indirectly increased any fees: No new fees will be established.

†††††††††††† (9) TIERING: Is tiering applied? Tiering is not applied because all bow fishermen will need to comply.

 

FISCAL NOTE ON STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

††††† (1) What units, parts, or divisions of state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) will be impacted by this administrative regulation? The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Divisions of Fisheries and Law Enforcement will be impacted by this administrative regulation.

††††† (2) Identify each state or federal statute or federal regulation that requires or authorizes the action taken by the administrative regulation. KRS 150.025(1) authorizes the department to promulgate administrative regulations to establish seasons for the taking of fish and wildlife, to regulate bag limits, creel limits, and methods of take, and to make those requirements apply to a limited area. KRS 150.440 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations for establishing open seasons and creel limits for rough fish by gigging, grabbing, snaring, and snagging. KRS 150.470 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations for bag or creel limits for fish. KRS 235.280 requires the department to promulgate administrative regulations to govern the fair, reasonable, equitable, and safe use of all waters of the state.

††††† (3) Estimate the effect of this administrative regulation on the expenditures and revenues of a state or local government agency (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first full year the administrative regulation is to be in effect.

††††† (a) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for the first year? No revenue will be generated by this administrative regulation during the first year.

††††† (b) How much revenue will this administrative regulation generate for the state or local government (including cities, counties, fire departments, or school districts) for subsequent years? No revenue will be generated by this administrative regulation in subsequent years.

††††† (c) How much will it cost to administer this program for the first year? There will be no additional costs incurred for the first year.

††††† (d) How much will it cost to administer this program for subsequent years? There will be no additional costs incurred in subsequent years.

††††† Note: If specific dollar estimates cannot be determined, provide a brief narrative to explain the fiscal impact of the administrative regulation.

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††††† Other Explanation: