KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --- The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission set the 2019-20 trout fishing regulations during its September meeting which concluded Friday. The commission heard a preview of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s proposals during the August meeting of the commission. A public comment period on the proposals was held following the August meeting.
Change to seasons on the Tellico River, Citico Creek, and Green Cove Pond will allow optimal stocking and fishing conditions during the permit season. Big Lost Creek, Goforth Creek, Spring Creek, and Greasy Creek and their tributaries in Polk County to have been changed to follow statewide regulations. This adds the fishing opportunity to these creeks which are currently closed on Friday.
Jason Henegar, Fisheries Division assistant chief, gave an update on the current status of brook trout management and distribution. He also highlighted future directions of management and how additional funding from Trout Unlimited will be used to better inform the agency of future restoration projects.
Representatives from the Tennessee Chapter of Trout Unlimited presented the TWRA with a $10,000 donation prior to the Friday meeting to further TWRA’s efforts in brook trout restoration throughout their range in Tennessee.