A dozen fishing regulations in the state are changing.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said new amendments were added to conserve sport fish populations and simplifying regulations.

The game and fish commission recently approved these 12 new rules.

Such regulations include changes to urban and fly fishing, and decreasing to various bag limits. Ben Alteneder, community and congressional relations at Arizona Game and Fish, said it’s good for anglers to have their regulation book handy.

“They bag and possession limit isn’t always the same for every body of water…," he explained. "So it’s good to be mindful and to know before you go when you go out fishing to make sure you’re aware what that bag limit is”.

Under the new regulations, roundtail chub will be catch-and-release only, and fishing rules on the Colorado River from the 1-40 Bridge down to the southern boundary with Mexico were consolidated and simplified.

To learn more about the changes that take effect at the start of next year, visit the Arizona Game and Fish website.