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Trout Fishing Regulations for the LMFR

• Brown trout – Daily limit: one; size limit: 20-inch minimum.

• Rainbow trout – Daily limit: six combined from Red and Blue Zones. See Zone Regulations below.

Special Regulations by Zone:

Blue Zones: (From the Broken Bow Reservoir spillway downstream to the Lost Creek diversion structure; from the first State Highway 259A scenic bridge downstream to the State Park Dam; and from the mouth of Rough Branch Creek downstream to U.S. 70 bridge):

• Rainbow trout – Daily limit: six; no minimum size limit.

• Use of bait and barbed hooks is permitted.

Red Zones: (From the Lost Creek diversion structure downstream to the first State Highway 259A scenic bridge, including the Lost Creek channel; and from the State Park Dam downstream to the mouth of Rough Branch Creek):

• Rainbow trout – Daily limit: one; Size limit: 20-inch minimum.

• Possession of any trout less than 20-inches is prohibited.

• Use of bait or barbed hooks is prohibited in the Red Zone. Fishing is restricted to barbless hooks, artificial flies and artificial lures only.


The following words or terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meaning, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1)    “artificial flies and lures” means artificial flies or lures constructed of any material excluding those containing, constructed with or used in conjunction with:

(A)    Soft plastic fish eggs, worms, grubs and larvae.

(B)    Any natural fish food such as bait fish, fish parts, crayfish, frogs, grubs, insects, larvae, worms and fish eggs.

(C)    Any human food substances such as cheese, corn and garlic.

(D)    Any dough bait, putty or paste-type bait.

(E)    Any substance, either chemical or natural, designed to attract fish by taste or smell regardless if the substance is added in the manufacturing process or applied afterward.

To put it simply:  Bait is anything with a taste or a smell, natural or man-made, anything made with soft plastic/rubber – such as plastic/rubber worms, plastic/rubber eggs, etc. – and  ALSO any paste or juice that could be added to a fly or lure.