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Bixhoma Lake is open for operation from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. excluding certain special events, holidays and weather conditions. If the gate at the entrance is closed, then going beyond this point in any manner makes the violator subject to criminal prosecution.
A boating or fishing license cost is $5/daily or $15/annually. There is no charge for ages 65+ and for children age 11 years old and under. However, it is necessary for all ages to obtain the appropriate license. Licenses can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Police Department can no longer issue these permits.
Section 7-6D-8(E), regarding swimming,
“State Law Compliance; Wading, Swimming, Etc., Prohibited: All fishing on Lake Bixhoma or from the banks thereof shall be either from the bank or from a boat meeting the requirements of the state laws. No wading, swimming, bathing or skiing shall be permitted. (1993 Code § 18-100)”
Also, Section 7-6C-5(Q)
No person shall swim or wade in any lagoon, lake, fountain or other waters in any park area or facility, without the written consent of the city manager or the director, except in swimming, wading or spray pools, ground sprays, ground splash park features or water slides constructed for such activities or areas specifically designated for such activities. Further, no person shall swim or wade in any pool at any time when the pool is not open to the public. Any person violating this subsection shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor offense, punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), excluding costs, fees and assessments.
7-6D-8: FISHING :
black (largemouth or spotted) bass, which shall be no less than fourteen inches (14″) in length, Limit 6 per day
Catfish – Leave 14 inches and under – Limit 5 per day
Crappie – Leave 10 inches and under – Limit 5 per day
As to other species, size, limit and bag limits, limits of the state regulations shall apply. (Ord. 2142, 9-22-2014)