Next year’s sport fish regulations were approved at the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s September meeting in Gatlinburg on Sept. 27. The area on the Elk River of Watauga Reservoir that has a hook restriction during January through April will be reduced. This change allows anglers to use all types fishing gear in this section of the river year round. Delayed harvest trout fishing areas will be established on Doe River in Carter County and Buffalo Creek in Grainger County. Changes include closing upper Cherokee Reservoir to snagging from March 1 through May 31, except during the snagging season (April 1-15). This will protect paddlefish from over-harvest.