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Posted by DHaun
11/12/2007 1:39 PM
Commercial Fishing Regulations have been questioned many times on CFF so I thought a short summary might be useful, plus I think its good info for all anglers to be familiar with.

Here is a great link with information and rules.
http://www.state.tn.us/twra/fish/Commercial/TN_com_reg_08.pdf

An excerpt from the link above:

"No commercial fishing gear may be fished within 100 yards of the mouth of any river, creek, slough, inlet, or outlet, nor shall any commercial fishing gear be set so as to extend more than three-quarters (3/4) across any stream, river,chute, or embayment.

Commercial fishing gear is prohibited within 1,000 yards downstream of any TVA or Corps of Engineers Dam or within 300 yards of any commercial boat dock or resort. For enforcement purposes, wingwalls and lock walls are considered to be part of the "dam", and measurements will be made from their downstream end.

Gill nets, trammel nets, turtle traps, and trotlines must be run at least once every 24-hour period. Other types of commercial fishing gear (slat baskets, hoop nets, fyke nets, trap nets, and pound nets) must be run at least once every 72-hour period.

Each piece of commercial fishing gear, including trotlines fished commercially, shall be marked with a tag securely fastened to the head end of the line or net or to the float. The tag should measure 1 inch by 3 inches or larger. The name and current license number of the commercial fisher using the gear must be on the tag. Tags may be made from metal, plastic, or other non-degradable material. The commercial fisher must furnish the tags.

The possession and/or use of any type of gear, which is not specifically authorized by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission, or which is not properly licensed, is forbidden. No commercial gear may be possessed on, or immediately adjacent to, any body of water where such gear is not authorized."

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