I recently sent the Dnr a question about the 10 hp limit and this is what i received in response.
You have raised a very interesting question. I'm afraid I don't know why the 9.9 hp restriction was placed on some of the lakes located on Fish and Wildlife properties. I have spoken with several people, some in the Division of Water and others in the Division of Fish and Wildlife to determine why these lakes are regulated in this manner. Evidently this decision was made prior to most of us holding the positions we have now.
That being said, we are looking at changing this restriction to a more appropriate method of controlling the boat traffic.There is discussion underway now that I believe will correct this issue and allow more sportsmen to enjoy these lakes.
I would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention, keeping regulations current in a continuing process and sometimes issues like this may fall through the cracks. Thanks again,
Major Felix Hensley
I even brought up Bluegrass as an example and hopefully we will see more lakes change to a ruling that will allow more people to enjoy the lakes.