There is one that should be an interest to all of us. New statewide creel/length limit for blue catfish will be as follows: "only 1 blue catfish per day longer than 32 inches." Ouch.... Sure larger fish may not be the best for eating but I think that is a bit extreme. I wonder if the population of blues have been lowered so much the State had not choice to do this, or is this a preemptive strike to prevent over fishing of blues. The following is a summary of fishing related regulation changes approved by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries that either already are in effect or will become effective July 1, 2006. All of these changes are or will be different from what is published in the July 2005-June 2006 Freshwater Fishing Regulation Booklet and different from the PDF version of this booklet that is on this Web site. PLEASE NOTE: most approved changes will not occur until July 1, 2006, so be sure to pay special attention to the effective dates below: Effective December 1, 2005 Nongame Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Aquatic Invertebrates Exotics added to the list of species that cannot be imported, possessed, or sold in Virginia: New Zealand mudsnail, quagga mussel, rusty crayfish, and Australian crayfish. Snakehead fish caught from Virginia waters can now be possessed provided they are immediately killed and reported to DGIF. Effective January 1, 2006 Licenses/Fees The resident freshwater and saltwater combined license is now $24.50 instead of $19.50, and the non-resident fresh and salt combined license is $42.50 instead of $37.50. Will Become Effective July 1, 2006 Game/Sport Fish Regulations Length limits for bass will no longer exist for Lake Anna, Beaverdam Creek Reservoir (Loudoun County), Chesdin Reservoir, Occoquon Reservoir, and Appomattox River (only the statewide 5 per day will apply). James River upstream from the 14th Street Bridge in Richmond will have the "no bass 14 to 22 inches, only 1 bass per day longer than 22 inches" regulation. New River from Fields Dam (Grayson County) downstream to West Virginia will have a "no bass 14 to 20 inches, only 1 bass per day longer than 20 inches" regulation (does not include Claytor Lake) and a "1 musky per day, no musky less that 42 inches" regulation (does include Claytor Lake). Buggs Island (Kerr) Reservoir including upstream sections of Staunton and Dan rivers will have new striped bass split-season creel and length limits: Oct 1 May 31, 2 per day, no striped bass less than 26 inches; June 1 Sept. 30, 4 per day, no length limit. Smith Mountain Lake including an upstream section of Roanoke River will have new striped bass split-season creel and length limits: 2 per day all year; Oct 1 May 31, no striped bass 26 to 36 inches; June 1 - Sept. 30, no length limit. Philpott Reservoir will be added to reservoirs that have a "no walleye less than 18 inches" regulation. New statewide creel/length limit for blue catfish will be as follows: "only 1 blue catfish per day longer than 32 inches." Meherrin River, Nottoway River, Blackwater River (Chowan Drainage), North Landing and Northwest Rivers, and their tributaries plus Back Bay will have new regulations as follows: striped bass - 2 per day, no striped bass less than 18 inches; American and hickory shad 10 per day in the aggregate, no length limit; anadromous alewife and blueback herring no daily or length limits. Trout Regulations There will no longer be a special 16-inch minimum trout size limit on Philpott Reservoir. Cabin Creek in Grayson County will be added to the list of "9-inch minimum size, only artificial lures with single hooks" special trout regulation streams. Delayed Harvest Stream changes: will expand the Chestnut Creek (Carroll County) section to 11.4 miles and add a new 2.7-mile section of Peak Creek (Pulaski County). Nongame Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Aquatic Invertebrates Candy darter, eastern hellbender, diamondback terrapin, and spotted turtle will not be legal to collect or possess. Catfish, shad and herring creel (possession) limits will all be included in the Creel and Length Limit Table in the Regulation Booklet. Salamanders used as bait will have to be less than 6 inches long. Crayfish will no longer be legal to buy or sell (the sale of salamanders and madtoms is currently prohibited). Nottoway River will be added to the waters where it is unlawful to take mussels for any purpose.