New for 2013
Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, resident hunters and anglers age 65-74 are no longer exempt from hunting and fishing license requirements. Residents age 75 and older will still be exempt. Hunters and anglers age 65-74 are eligible for a lifetime hunting/fishing combination license ($42.50) or they can purchase annual hunting or fishing licenses for half-price — $11.50. An annual senior hunting/fishing combination license is $20.50
Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) waters are defined as waters containing prohibited species such as Asian carp, white perch, and/or zebra mussels. Fish may not be transported alive from ANS-designated waters. (ANS Designated Water List)
- Except that during department-permitted fishing tournaments, tournament anglers may possess live fish while en route to the weigh-in site.
Wild-caught baitfish shall only be used on the body of water where taken, except that bluegill and green sunfish may be taken from a non-ANS-designated water and used for bait. If taken on a flowing stream or river, wild-caught baitfish shall not be transported upstream across any dam or natural barrier.
Anglers who purchase bait from a commercial dealer are required to carry the receipt for the live baitfish purchase while fishing.
Handfishing permit holders are no longer required to return a questionnaire about their angling activities.
Great Bend, Stone Lake and Cherryvale City Lake (Tanko) have been added to the list of Type 2 trout waters and will receive periodic trout stockings during the Nov. 1-April 30 trout season.
An artificial lure is defined as a man-made fish-catching device used to mimic a single prey item. Artificial lures may be constructed of natural, nonedible, or synthetic materials. Multiple hooks, if present shall be counted as a single hook on an artificial lure. Regulation allows only two baited hooks or artificial lures per rod. The umbrella rig, popularly called the Alabama Rig may only have two separate lures with hooks.