EAST TEXAS (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners last week approved a regulation change for Lake Jacksonville that will allow fishermen to keep two bass under 18 inches in length.
Fishermen on the lake will still be allowed to keep only five bass. The new rule will take affect Sept. 1.
The change comes at the request of fishermen who have struggled to find legal bass topping the current 18-inch minimum length limit. Slow growth rates because of a poor nutrient level in the lake is believed the cause.
Commissioners also approved a change on Lake Kurth near Lufkin establishing a 16-inch maximum length limit on largemouth bass, with a temporary retention of bass 24 inches or greater for weighing or submission to the ShareLunker program. Anglers will be allowed to harvest five largemouth bass less than 16 inches in length.