Abandoned limb lines can be deadly

Posted: October 24, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Water-oriented birds, such as these egrets, are easily snagged and killed by abandoned limb lines and trotlines. Two pelicans (at right) swim with egrets at Swepco Lake west of Gentry.

There's more than one way to catch a catfish. Limb lines are a great tactic to welcome old whiskers into a landing net.

Legal limb lines

Regulations for limb lines and trotlines from the 2017 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook include these requirements:

“All trotlines, setlines and limb lines must be clearly labeled with the name and address, or vehicle operator’s license number, or current vehicle license number of each person using such equipment. Information must be attached on each line at the bank end.”

Limb lines and trotlines are allowed at Beaver Lake, but not on all lakes. Check regulations before setting lines.

Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

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