The Herald Bulletin

May 30, 2013

Rick Bramwell: Temporary rules add hooks for anglers


The Herald Bulletin

---- — Anglers can affix up to three hooks, three artificial lures or a combination of hooks or lures not to exceed three per pole under a temporary rule that takes effect May 24.

The long-standing permanent rule allowed just two hooks per pole. Other changes in the temporary rule define “artificial lure,” “bait,” “fly,” “hook,” “pole” and “line.”

“These changes were needed to clarify Indiana’s fishing regulations so that everyone can more easily determine what fishing tackle can be used,” said DNR director Cameron Clark. “New devices are always coming onto the market, and in the past it has not always been clear if they were permissible.”

Under the new rule, an umbrella rig, for example, now can have up to three hooks and unlimited hookless attractors. When artificial lures are used on an umbrella rig or similar device, they are considered one hook, even if the lure has multiple hooks.

Under the old permanent rule, it was uncertain how many hooks could be used on umbrella rigs. A temporary rule that allowed five hooks on umbrella rigs expired last December after a one-year trial.

As in the past, anglers are still allowed to fish with up to three fishing poles or lines at a time. This rule change could come in handy for spyder rigging in the upcoming crappie tournament on the Upper Wabash.

Crappie USA Inc. is holding a qualifying event at Indiana’s Mississinewa/Salamonie Lakes on June 15. Anglers will be fishing for a seven-fish limit of crappie, which could net them a check along with the opportunity to advance to the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. This year’s classic will be held Oct. 23-26 on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tenn.

A pretournament seminar will be held June 14 at Bozarth Recreational Resort & Country Store, 7309 E. 400N, Lagro. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7 p.m.

This seminar is open to the public. Those not fishing the event are encouraged to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in the region.

The Amateur Division offers a chance for local and new up-and-coming anglers the opportunity to fish on a competitive level at half the cost of the Semi-Pro entry fee.

The tournament weigh-in will be held June 15 at the Mount Etna Boat Ramp, Hwy 124, Mount Etna beginning at 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to come and learn how the big ones are caught.

You can enter this tournament by filling out and sending in an entry form or by registering on the official website at www.crappieusa.com before the deadline listed on the form.

Teams may also enter at the pretournament seminar on Friday night. All late entries will be subject to a $20 late fee.