Understanding Regulations and Requirements
Public Fishing Areas
Public Fishing Areas are great places for family outings. You can fish from the bank or a boat, picnic, hike, watch wildlife, camp (not all PFAs provide camping), and enjoy being outdoors. Good bank fishing opportunities are available at all PFAs and many of them have special kids fishing areas for young anglers. So check out a PFA and see what you, your family, and friends have been missing! Detailed information about all of our PFAs may be found in the Public Fishing Area portion of our website
PFAs are areas managed intensively for fishing by the Wildlife Resources Division. Currently, WRD operates eight PFAs located around the state. Most of the PFAs are made up of one or more intensively managed ponds or lakes. Fish available to the angler include: largemouth bass, bream (bluegill & redear sunfish), channel catfish and crappie. Important management activites conducted at PFAs include: fertilization and liming of lakes to increase fish harvest opportunities, sampling to better manage the fish populations, picking up litter and cleaning restrooms, mowing grass, planting wildlife foods, constructing nature trails, checking licenses and fish, education, and assisting users. Purchasing property and constructing new PFAs is a high priority for the Wildlife Resources Division.
Hours of Operation:
PFAs hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday sunrise to sunset.
Unless otherwise posted at a PFA lake:
Length limit for Largemouth bass - 14 inch minimum
Daily Possession Limits:
Operation of boats:
It is unlawful to:
Fishing on Wildlife Management Areas
Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to state-wide regulations. A fishing license is required. A WMA license is required only when the area is designated as a both WMA & PFA. Alcohol use is prohibited on WMAs except in designated camping areas. Refer to the Hunting Regulations guide for a complete list of WMA regulations.
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