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jeffe
02-12-2005, 04:37 PM
Partial article from AGFC handbook.

x-ring
02-17-2005, 08:48 AM
Here are the rules I can find for OK, AR, and TX

SPEARFISHING LAWS

ARKANSAS

Scuba/Spearfishing - spearfishing season for game fish is open from June 15 until March 15, sunrise to sunset, in Lakes Beaver, Blue Mountain, Bull Shoals, Catherine, Conway, DeGray, Erling, Greers Ferry, Greeson, Hamilton, Harris Brake, Millwood, Nimrod, Norfork, Ouachita, Table Rock and impoundments created by the locks and dams on the Arkansas River. Spearfishing for smallmouth bass is not permitted on Lake Ouachita.
Spearfishing for largemouth, spotted or smallmouth bass is not allowed in Lakes Beaver, Bull Shoals, Millwood, Norfork and Table Rock.
Spearfishing season for flathead catfish is open from July 15 until March 15.
Rough fish may be taken by spearfishing all year on the waters mentioned above.
Only catfish, gar, bowfin, common carp, asian carp, (grass carp, bighead carp and silver carp), sucker (including buffalo) and drum may be taken from June 15 until March 15, sunrise to sunset, on Gillham, Dierks and DeQueen Lakes. On these lakes, flathead catfish may be taken from July 15 until March 15.
When spearfishing, half the game fish daily limit (or the lesser number nearest half when the limit is an odd number) may be taken. Spearfishers must abide by length and slot limits and may not have a spear gun in public waters other than those specified above.
Spearfishermen must display a standard diver’s flag and spearfish no more than 100 yards from it. The flag must be at least 12 inches square and at least 12 inches above the water.
Spearfishermen must also complete spearfishing activities and leave the body of water where fish were taken before cleaning or dressing fish.

Oklahoma

GIG, GRABHOOK, SPEAR AND SPEARGUN: Gigs and spears are legal for taking nongame fish and white bass only. Grabhooks (handheld hook or handheld pole or rope with a single hook attached used in the initial taking of a fish) are prohibited in all state waters, except SCUBA divers in Delaware and Mayes counties (excluding tailwaters which are closed) may use grabhooks to take nongame fish only from June 15 through July 31. Spearguns used by SCUBA divers are legal for taking nongame fish, blue and channel catfish. Gigs, spears and spearguns shall:
• not contain more than three (3) points with no more than two (2) barbs on each point;
• be lawful in all rivers and streams from Dec. 1 through Mar. 31, year-round in all reservoirs, unless restricted under “SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS.”
• be lawful year-round in rivers and streams in Delaware and Mayes Counties, unless restricted under “SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS.”

Special Restrictions

• Broken Bow (from the slab at the Narrows downstream to the dam) - Largemouth and smallmouth bass have a 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit and a combined daily limit of six (6). Spotted bass have no size limit and a daily limit of 15.

• Carl Albert - All black bass have a 14-inch minimum size limit and a combined daily limit of six (6). Fishing limited to rod and reel only (same as statewide regulation). No other method of fishing allowed.

• Elmer Thomas (Wichita Mtns. NWR) - Largemouth and smallmouth bass have a 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit and a combined daily limit of six (6). Spotted bass have no size limit and a daily limit of six (6). Channel and blue catfish have a combined daily limit of six (6); no size limits apply. Fishing limited to only one (1) rod and reel per person. No other method of fishing allowed.

• Grand (includes all tributaries and upstream to state line) - All black bass have a 14-inch minimum size limit and a combined daily limit of six (6). All crappie have a 10-inch minimum size limit and a combined daily limit of 15. Striped bass hybrids and/or white bass have a combined daily limit of 20, of which only five (5) may be 20 inches or longer; also applies to the area below Pensacola dam downstream to SH 82 bridge.

• Tenkiller (downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp to dam) - Largemouth and smallmouth bass have a 13- to 16-inch protected slot limit and a combined daily limit of six (6). Spotted bass have no size limit and a daily limit of 15. All crappie have a 10-inch minimum size limit and a combined daily limit of 15, including the tailwaters (first 1,000 ft.) below the dam. Prohibited methods of fishing: gigs and spears downstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp; speargunning legal when used with SCUBA, except taking flathead catfish from June 15 through July 15 is prohibited.

• Thunderbird - All black bass have a 14-inch minimum size limit and a combined daily limit of six (6). Little River tributary above Franklin Road in Cleveland Co. - Prohibited methods of fishing: bowfishing, gigs and spears, spearguns, snagging, and noodling.

• Webbers Falls (includes oxbows and cutoffs) - All black bass have a 14-inch minimum size limit and a combined daily limit of six (6).

• Illinois River and tributaries (excluding trout stream) - Bowfishing prohibited, except upstream from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp bowfishing is permitted from Dec. 1 through Mar. 31. Gigs and spears are prohibited, except from Horseshoe Bend boat ramp upstream to Hwy. 62/51 bridges gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 through Mar. 1 and from Hwy. 62 & 51 bridges upstream gigging is permitted from Dec. 1 through Mar. 31. Snagging, spearguns and noodling are prohibited.


Texas

Speargun: Any hand operated device designed and used for propelling a spear, but does not include the crossbow.
 May be used to take NONGAME fish only.

DBS
02-17-2005, 01:47 PM
yep, i better get back in the water. still a month to go until no more spearing for a while :(