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By Brandon Murphy, Tucson News Now intern

PHOENIX, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department has approved amendments to fishing regulations for all anglers throughout Arizona.

These changes come as an effort to conserve sport fish populations and simplify regulations state-wide. 

The amendments range from some special regulations being removed, to opening bow-fishing year round to particular lakes. One of the changes that come as a particular benefit to anglers is the ability to possess twice the daily bag limit. This amendment will now allow the ability to continue fishing on subsequent days when bag limits are met. 

The other approved amendments include:

- All catch-and-release trout waters have been designated as artificial fly and lure only, single barbless hooks.  

- Artificial fly and lure regulations have been simplified at waters with limited trout harvest to "artificial fly and lure only, two trout daily bag limit."

- Statewide daily bag limit for white amur decreased from unlimited to one with a 30-inch minimum.

- A year-round bow-fishing season was approved for Salt River-chain lakes Saguaro, Apache, Canyon and Roosevelt with a special regulation bag limit of five catfish in any combination. This season will end Dec. 31 of 2016, but can be continued upon commission approval. Department data showed catfish populations in these fisheries are robust in sizes and populations.

- A special regulation was designated at Goldwater Lake reducing the daily bag limit to one bass with a minimum length of 13 inches. 

- Statewide regulation for roundtail chub will be catch-and-release only.

- Fishing regulations on the Colorado River from the I-40 Bridge to the southern international boundary with Mexico were consolidated to simplify and make regulations easier to understand.

Special regulations were removed from Home and Wildcat creeks, allowing these fisheries to have general statewide regulations.

For more information and to view all of the recent amendments, visit www.azgfd.gov/h_f/fishing_rules.shtml

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