Bass Fishing Limits

bass fishing limits

Whether you are a recreational or professional angler, bass fishing limits are important to keep in mind. You should be aware of the daily and monthly bag limits for certain species, as well as how many you can keep per day or per season.


Currently, the state has a 14-inch minimum length limit for lakes and rivers. A new fishing regulation proposed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation would allow anglers to keep one bass over 16 inches. This regulation is intended to stimulate the smaller fish population and boost the growth rate of the larger fish.

Another fishing regulation of interest is the ice fishing tackle. This is considered a pole and line method of fishing, and includes the use of a trotline, a jug line and throwline. In addition to the ice fishing tackle, anglers can also use artificial baits.

There is also an exemption for bass tournaments. Tournament anglers can keep fish over 16 inches until weigh-in. This exemption will be made available two weeks prior to each bass tournament. It is also free to obtain.

Creel and length limits

Despite being a relative newcomer, the smallmouth bass has made its presence known in recent years. It is not uncommon to see a good sized fish being hooked in the Caney Fork River area. During spawning season, this species concentrates in the Caney Fork River watershed, allowing you to catch some of the bigger ones.

There are also many other smallmouth bass-producing lakes and rivers throughout the state. The best fishing in the area happens from Point 18 to Rankin Bridge. Planer boards are the preferred method of drifting live bait. Soft plastics are another effective bait.

The Smallmouth Bass has a relatively small limit. The daily creel limit is five fish, in any combination. However, you may not be permitted to keep more than two of them.

Daily bag limit

Depending on where you live, your daily bag limit for bass fishing may differ from state to state. Check your state’s fishing regulations for current information. Typically, you can have a maximum of five fish in a day.

Some states prohibit anglers from taking fish that were caught in a previous lake. However, some states specify that you can combine your catch from multiple lakes. There are also area-specific regulations for certain species. Species that are not listed in the regulations are not subject to daily limits.

In addition to daily limits, possession limits apply to inland waters. Fish count toward the daily bag limit if they are not immediately released. These limits apply to all types of fishing, including ice fishing.


During the fall and winter months, recreational bass fishing limits in New York are restricted. These regulations apply to fishing from shore or from a boat. In addition, fishing from a fixed net is prohibited. This means that no bass can be taken with a fixed net.

These new restrictions were developed to protect the resource from overfishing and to meet the demands of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. ASMFC has mandated an 18% cut in the states’ quotas for 2020. This reduction is expected to reduce recreational fishery removals by 18%.

The new regulations apply to recreational striped bass and black sea bass fisheries. The striped bass season opens April 15 in marine waters and tributaries. For all other seasons, the minimum size limit is 13 inches.

Striped bass

Earlier this year, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) adopted new compliance measures to reduce the number of striped bass that are removed from the water each year. These measures are expected to continue in place through the next stock assessment. Specifically, they are intended to reduce fishery removals by 18%.

ASMFC also mandated that all coastal states adopt circle hook requirements for recreational striped bass fishing in 2021. In addition, they required that states adopt an 18% cut in state quotas in 2020. This is equivalent to a new slot limit for coastal recreational fisheries.

The ASMFC also required states to implement new fishing gear and conservation measures to reverse the decline in striped bass populations. This includes allowing eels as bait for striped bass in tidal tributaries.

Northern pike

Considering the popularity of northern pike and their close proximity to the Midwest, it’s no surprise that Wisconsin has recently enacted new regulations for the species. The new rules will be effective May 7, 2022. These changes come following a survey revealing a more balanced population of the eponymous fish. Among other changes, anglers will have the chance to keep ten of the aforementioned fish.

The new rules are intended to help anglers enjoy a more rewarding experience while protecting the species from the dreaded over harvest. The rules notably include a new daily bag limit of two pike. The minimum length limit for the pike has been in place since 2008, providing anglers with the best protection against the harvest of larger pike.