Slat Baskets: Holders of annual sport fishing license, Sportsman License, Lifetime Sportsman license, Jr. Fishing license, Lifetime Senior Citizens license or residents 65 and over (prior to March 1, 1991) or under 13, may fish with one slat basket, provided the slat basket is marked with a metal tag, obtainable from the TWRA for an annual fee of $5.00. Possession or use of more than one slat basket is prohibited. A slat basket is defined as a device used for taking nongame fish only. Slat baskets may have only one outside funnel opening, and may be made of wood, plastic, or cane slats which are placed lengthwise and so constructed that there must be a minimum of four openings in the catching area, each being at least 1-1/2" wide and 6" long. Fish taken may not be sold.
Slat baskets may not be set within 100 yards of the mouth of any river, creek or slough.
Applications for metal tags can be obtained by writing to: Administrative Services, TWRA, P. O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204. If you are applying in person and need directions to the TWRA central office, call (615) 781-6585.
Post by jalee37190 on May 31, 2007 16:14:42 GMT -6
its like a big minow trap you can make then out of chicken wire to make one end that funnels down going in so when the fish swim in they cant get out and the other end needs to be fixed so you can open in to get the fish out poke holes in a can off dog food and throw it in the basket for lure and tie a rope to it chunk it in the water and check it every day. its not very sporty but if your just looking for some fish to eat it gets the job done
Can't find a SLAT BASKET around here, Hope tn. sees this and can give some advice.. I head to NY in about 4 weeks, Hope to sell THE FARM, and maybe The Huntin Camp.. I intend to bring back a ROLL of SNOW FENCE, with the WOODEN SLATS, and make a Slat Basket with that. If it works, I might make a couple to sell.
Post by michihunter on Jul 17, 2007 10:04:02 GMT -6
Wondering if a garden variety tomatoe cage would work? Just cover with chicken wire?
Went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
There are regulations governing the material. and Size. also escape slots. Also have to pay 8.00 for a TWRA metal name plate to put on it.. All this excessive regulation by TWRA used to get me Ticked off, But I am finding that it is necessary because so many sportsman, ignore common sense, and would destroy a good Hunting & Fishing Paradise..
Post by Tn_Fisherman on Jul 18, 2007 9:56:20 GMT -6
The slat baskets we sometimes fished with when I was a kid were bought used from a man who lived in Benton County. He made and used his own baskets. Unfortunately, he's no longer with us.
The baskets were round and very big, and I remember having to check each year to make sure they complied with TWRA rules, which changed on a yearly basis. The rules were much simpler back then, but the construction specs were about the same as they are now.
It was still illegal to harvest game fish from slat baskets, so we spent a fair amount of time releasing bass, bluegill (big ones), sauger, and an occasional walleye. The majority of what we caught were 'rough' fish -- cats, drum, buffalo, etc., which I think had to do with the bait we used (cheese, chicken livers, etc.).
As for quantities, it all depended where we placed the baskets. We got the best results by placing the baskets in shallow, out-of-the-way places, often just 10 feet from the shoreline. The downside to this was sport-fishing traffic. Weekend anglers would hang their lures in the baskets. Sometimes they would break them off, which ultimately meant more tackle in my box, but most of the time they would work their way down to their lures and help themselves to a few of our fish in the process.
Off hand, I don't know of anyone who sells slat baskets commercially; so I guess it's up to the fisherman to design and build his own.
Amazing.. I had a slat Basket overhead in the barn, all the time , and didn't know it. My son spotted it. It was used as a Crab Trap in Connecticut, and was made into a Coffee Table by my Wifes EX.. The dimensions meet those of the TWRA... ... 39" long, 20" wide, 12" high, Slat spaces are 1.1/2 and 1.1/4" One entrance opening is an oval, 6" x 4.1/2 ". I think that this will work fine.. I have pictures, that I will try to get on here , when I get back to TENNESSEE..