Input wanted on proposed fishing changes at Abilene's Kirby Lake


ABILENE, Texas - The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is asking for public comment about a proposed change that would prohibit the use of juglines, throwlines and trotlines at Kirby Lake in south Abilene.

Biologist Michael Homer says the use of these passive fishing methods could be detrimental to the catfish fishery at Kirby Lake. He says they can lead to more of the larger fish being caught. And it's those fish that contribute most to reproduction in the catfish population.

"Ultimately, we want to maintain the quality of the catfish fishery while also providing quality angling opportunities," Homer said.

Details on the proposed changes and a form to provide public comment can be found at

Comments can also be submitted to Ken Kurzawski at (512)-389-4592 or

Public comment will also be taken during the March 24 meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at TPWD headquarters in Austin.

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