HBA-BSM H.B. 3337 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3337 By: Telford State Recreational Resources 4/2/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, many species of freshwater sport fish are forced to compete with rough fish for territory, which disrupts the important spawning season of the more desirable sport species. Net fishing on freshwater lakes has been shown to be an effective method of controlling the rough fish populations in these lakes. By creating a narrow, strictly controlled net fishing season on landlocked lakes, the state may dramatically reduce the rough fish population, thus enhancing the sport fishing industry in Texas. House Bill 3337 requires the Parks and Wildlife Commission to create a net fishing season on freshwater lakes in the month of June. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Parks and Wildlife Commission in SECTION 1 (Section 66.1025) of this bill. ANALYSIS House Bill 3337 amends the Parks and Wildlife Code to require the Parks and Wildlife Commission (commission) to provide for a net fishing season for the taking of rough fish from public freshwater lakes in the month of June each year. The bill requires the commission to identify by proclamation the specific species included in the category of rough fish, the lakes in which fishing for rough fish is allowed, and publish and make available to the public a list of those species and where they can be caught. H.B. 3337 requires the commission by rule to establish the types of nets that may be used during the net fishing season. The bill also prohibits commercial net fishing in public freshwater lakes. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.