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nvr2L8 09-09-2007 09:09 AM

Couple of Questions/Slot Limits?/TU Tags
Can someone explain what a slot limit is?

Also, any word on how the TU plate sales are going?

Missing the river after a week off.....:frown:

buckeyetrouter 09-09-2007 09:25 AM

assuming that it would be the same in Tennessee, back here in Ohio a slot limit is a sizing measure to allow particular fish be kept and others be released. In other words they must fit the slot to be kept, example at some of our lakes bass must be at least 12" but not over 16" (made up numbers) to be kept. Anything under the 12" must be returned and anything over the 16" must be returned.......the fish must fit the "slot" to be kept......hope this helps and is true for Tennessee also.......


Flying Trout 09-09-2007 09:25 AM

Somebody will be able to explain this more in depth than me. The slot limit that I have encountered was with Redfish. Basically, you have a minimum like in the mountains and then you have a maximum also. So it being called a slot is basically saying it has to fall between two these two set sizes. It does wonders for the fishery. I just got finished with this post and saw our Ohio friend had already done a better job.

buckeyetrouter 09-09-2007 09:33 AM

hey Flying Trout......I always like when there are multiple responses to these questions. Each has there own understanding and will likely add something that was not in the I believe that when responded to in mulitiples that it adds validity to the answers and hope it makes the person asking feel more comfortable with the answers....

please chime in if anyone has other info......


David Knapp 09-09-2007 12:12 PM

Here in TN, our slot has tended to be that you release fish that fall in a certain size range. For example, on the South Holston, any trout from 16 to 22 inches must be released... We also have minimum size limits such as for brown trout on the Caney Fork (all browns must be released under 18 inches).

nvr2L8 09-09-2007 03:17 PM

Two Views
Well, that's definitely two different views on slotting - in one slot you keep and in one slot you release. This could be confusing.

I gotta tell you, I would have a tough time releasing a 17" brown!:eek:

Paula Begley 09-09-2007 07:52 PM

Thread Moved
I have moved this thread to a more appropriate forum for comments on your questions.

Thanks for bringing this up, nvr2L8, I'm sure many people had questions about this topic.


Gerry Romer 09-09-2007 11:11 PM

Slot limits

Originally Posted by nvr2L8 (Post 42702)
I gotta tell you, I would have a tough time releasing a 17" brown!:eek:

Not if you saw the effect it has on the total fishery... bigger, better, feistier across the board.

Fished the Clinch last weekend and the South Holston today. No comparison. The SoHo beats the Clinch, hands down. And the SoHo was getting hammered today, but everybody was catching big, healthy fish! Bait fishermen, hardware fishermen, and fly fishermen all fishing side by side. Some keeping, some C&R. Didn't make any difference. The SoHo fishery is healthy despite the didymo - which is another story.



Flat Fly n 09-10-2007 07:00 AM

17" brown

Slots are not about the present, they are intended for the future. If you thought you could catch that same fish 2-3 months later and he would be 19-21", then would you have second thoughts of releasing him? IF that same 17" brown tugged on your lines a few times, but that same 21" brown would likely ripped you into your backing, why not give it a chance?

BTW. I hope that it is NVR2LATE for the Clinch.

Flat Fly'n

nvr2L8 09-10-2007 08:01 PM


Originally Posted by Gerry Romer (Post 42717)
Not if you saw the effect it has on the total fishery... bigger, better, feistier across the board.

So, Gerry, pretend I'm clueless (not a stretch) on this whole subject and explain the concept of slotting on the Clinch and the impact that has on the fishery. Just needing some education on the subject.

Thanks much in advance.

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