Nongame Fish: Underwater Spear: Impounded Waters and Temporary Overflow

Season Open
Dates
January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021
Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Notes

Applies to underwater spear fishing in impounded waters and bodies of water produced by the temporary overflow of a river or ditch.

Limits

Daily limit: 20
Possession limit: 40, except on the Mississippi River which has a daily and possession limit of 100.

The daily limit is the combined total of all nongame species taken by all nongame methods. If you have taken 50 nongame species using a pole and line, then you cannot take 20 nongame species using an underwater spear. If you have taken 20 nongame species via underwater spear, then you can only take an additional 30 nongame species using a pole and line, or other line method.

On the Current River from Cedar Grove downstream to the Arkansas line, only 5 hogsuckers may be included in a daily limit.

Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp may be possessed in any number and do not count in the daily or possession limit.

Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp that jump from the water into a boat or onto land may also be taken and possessed in any number.

Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks.

Methods

Nongame Fish: Spear

Methods

Speargun

Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp, and silver carp can be taken by hand net.

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