Arkansas Game and Fish Commission passed most of the recommendations from its trout biologists last fall for Bull Shoals and Norfork tailwaters after conducting public input meetings in August. The new regulations include raising the minimum length limit for cutthroat to 24 inches. Reduced catch limits for all trout over a minimum length limit have also been added. The new regs are in effect and spelled out in the new Trout Fishing Guidebook.
The one regulation recommendation the commission refused to pass was extending the catch and release zone at Rim Shoals down river approximately two miles. One of the area trout docks opposed it and submitted a petition with about 100 signatures. (Whatever happened to removing the politicization of the process outside of the normal trout management public meetings that was promised with the new management plan procedures begun in 2004?) The commission didn’t hesitate though to remove the catch and release area at Monkey Island.