Each year there are new regulations passed by the Tennessee Wildlife Commission. This process happens in states across the nation as agencies attempt to keep up with current situations concerning wildlife populations and sometimes adjusting due to the actions of humans. Still there are laws on the books that will make a person wonder what transpired to create an environment where the law was required in the first place.

Making sure you have a fishing license, adhering to creel and length limits and not operating a boat while under the influence will pretty much keep us from running afoul of the law. Although in some states you may find yourself in trouble for doing things you never would have thought to be a violation. Some are so ridiculous that they were never enforced. Some have most likely been repealed. Here are a few infractions that are or were against the law.

One would think there is no state where a hunter can take game from a moving vehicle. In California, it is against the law to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle. That is unless the target is a whale.

I can't see this as a problem anywhere, especially in Idaho. Just beware that you may not fish from a camel's back.

In Chicago, it is illegal to fish in your pajamas. Not even if they are my Nemo PJ's?

This one I will never understand. In Muncie, Indiana it's a crime to carry fishing tackle into a cemetery. Really? I assume the “As Seen on TV” infomercial for the Ghost Minnow was not grandfathered in.

Two states prefer that you use a rod and reel. Indiana and Kansas law dictates that no one may catch fish with their bare hands. But what about the catfish noodlers? Maybe people in these states are smart enough to not stick their hands into a hole in a river bank just to see if there is something there. Can you say “snapping turtle?”

In Louisiana, chasing fish in a city park is against the law. It is Cajun country, so mudbugs and nutria are probably ok.

There was a time when it was not proper for ladies to do things without supervision from their husbands. In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays. Unmarried ladies were further restricted. It is illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.

This one is classic. In Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah it is illegal to go whale fishing.

In Ohio, it is illegal to get a fish drunk. The person who created a need for this law obviously was caught sharing his brew with a finned friend. It may have been my uncle. He always said I can't stand someone drunk around me when I'm sober or someone sober around me when I'm drunk.

In Pennsylvania, you may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth. Hey accidents happen. Some of the best battles I have had on the water were the result of foul hooking a carp in the tail.

In New Jersey, it is against the law for a man to knit during fishing season. I would say if a man knits anytime they lose their “man card,” but I have a couple male friends who knit. They create colorful useful items and the ladies love it. If you haven't had a date in months, maybe it is time for a trip to the yarn department.

Finally, here in Tennessee, it is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish. I have not been able to verify if this remains on the books. Personally, I feel that the person who caused this law to be passed was either from the other “T-state” or someone who took the term fishing rodeo a little too seriously.

Fishing Forecast

Tims Fords Lake- Walleye anglers are finding some fish. Trolling night crawler rigs and crankbaits will work. Largemouth action is good on a variety of lures. Spinnerbaits and top water lures and soft jerk baits are working. The rockfish have picked up trolling white jigs, minnow baits and A-rigs 15 to 20 feet deep.

Normandy Lake- Carolina rigged soft plastics and big crankbaits are catching bass. A few nice crappies have come in fishing jigs or minnows around isolated trees.

Woods Reservoir-Bass fishing good early and late most on soft plastics. Crappies are hitting minnows 15 to 20 feet down. A few are being caught trolling crankbaits. Catfish and bream are active.

Guntersville Lake- Area guides report top water on points and humps early then switch to the river ledge and creek channel ledges in 7-15 fett of water use plastics. Some are using big jigs in deep water.

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