Illinois, Kentucky Reach Ohio River Agreement
FRANKFORT, KY—An amended agreement recently adopted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources clarifies regulations allowing licensed sport anglers from either state to fish in the Illinois-Kentucky boundary waters of the Ohio River.
Fishery administrators, biologists, and law enforcement officers from the two agencies developed the amended agreement to make it easier for fishermen to comply with fishing regulations of both states.
Anglers may continue to fish the main stem of the Ohio River, except for embayments and tributaries, with a valid sport fishing license from Kentucky or Illinois.
Kentucky anglers may fish the Illinois bank of the Ohio River with a Kentucky fishing license, but must abide by Illinois fishing regulations. Anglers from either state may not snag any fish from the Illinois bank of the Ohio River.
Other sport fishing requirements are similar for both states. Commercial angling regulations remain significantly different between the states and these anglers must consult navigation charts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to know their state boundaries while on the river.
“This new agreement updates those fishing regulations that are uniform to both states and those that vary somewhat between Illinois and Kentucky,” said IDNR Acting Director Sam Flood. “We want anglers from both states and visitors to our region to enjoy their time fishing the Illinois-Kentucky boundary waters of the Ohio River, while at the same time help to protect and manage this great fishery properly.”
Deadbeat Parents Can’t Fish In Kansas
PRATT, KS—With the passage of 2007 legislation, parents who are delinquent on court-ordered child support payments will be barred from purchasing fishing licenses issued by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Following the lead of other states, the Kansas automated licensing system will be programmed to crosscheck the database from the state’s Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to maintain a list of individuals in arrears on child support.
The new law also outlines procedures by which individuals may be removed from the list of delinquent child support debtors, reinstating their privileges for KDWP licenses and permits.