Are Goldfish legal bait in KY?

Discussion in 'LOCAL KENTUCKY TALK' started by catfishjohn, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I was wondering this from another thread and always thought they were legal to use. I've used them for years and had good luck and no problems.:confused2:
    Anybody have a copy where it states the legality of use of goldfish in KY? I don't wanna break the law anymore and want to find out for sure. :confused2:
    I couldn't find a definitive answer so any help will be appreciated!:wink::big_smile:
     
  2. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    I am curious also used some last summer.I know they sell them at a baitstore here in IN.
     

  3. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    John, check with your local fish and game and they will tell you for sure.


    :big_smile::wink:
     
  4. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I've looked on the DNR site and can't find out for sure. I may call them if nobody knows for sure. Thanks Al!!!:wink::big_smile:
     
  5. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    Usually I get my answer here on the BOC for those questions but sometimes I have to call the DNR to find out for sure.
     
  6. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    (301 KAR 1:130, 1: 122)
    No live fish, live bait fish or live bait organisms that are not native or established in Kentucky waters shall be bought, sold, possessed, imported, or in any way used or released into waters of this Commonwealth.....This is the LAW. John it is found on page 14 of the Kentucky 2007 Sport Fishing & Boating Guide.
     
  7. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Ok, but why does every bait shop sell them? I don't understand that part.
    Thanks for the info!
     
  8. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    None of the Baitshops around here sell them. I usually have to go to the local Wal-Mart and get them for about 22 cents each. But like It stated in the previous thread they are illegal to use for bait.....LOL just don't let the "MAN" seeya.
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Every bait shop around here sells them. I've used them at the river and the 'Man' didn't say anything. Thanks for the info!
     
  10. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I just got off the phone with KY DNR in Frankfort and they said YES Goldfish are a legal bait to use in KY. I read him what you quoted and it said it didn't pertain to Goldfish.
    The final answer is go ahead and use them without any worries.
    Here is the # if anybody wants to call also---1-800-858-1549
    WOOHOO!!! I've not been breaking the law after all!!!!!:wink::smile2:

    Thanks Al for the idea to call them. I'd Rep you but gotta get my power back first!
     
  11. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    Well thats good to know John. Thanks for enlightening me. I love to fish with goldfish and will do so now without having to hide....LOL The book stating that can be a bit decieving.
     
  12. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    You're welcome. It wasn't that I didn't believe you but I just had to make that phone call to be 100% sure.
    Good Luck with them!!!:wink::big_smile:
     
  13. ohio hilljack

    ohio hilljack New Member

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    Man , I was just finishing my trace on you guys so I could send you to the pokey and save those fish for me:smile2:
     
  14. on_the_fly

    on_the_fly New Member

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    most bait shops that sell gold fish are selling them to use only in private ponds such as pay lakes. you are not alowed to use them in any public waters. They do not want to add a fish to the population that is not a native fish to KY. It will in turn only cause problems like we are having with the Big Head carp now in are river systems.
     
  15. zacksdaddy

    zacksdaddy New Member

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    Most of the baitf houses that I have that do have goldfish are sold to fisherman who will use them in pay lakes. I also have used them in public waters but a friend of mine owns a bait house and he sells them to pay lakers.
     
  16. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Originally Posted by catfishjohn [​IMG] I just got off the phone with KY DNR in Frankfort and they said YES Goldfish are a legal bait to use in KY.The final answer is go ahead and use them without any worries.
    Here is the # if anybody wants to call also---1-800-858-1549


    You can use them in any waters in KY according to the DNR. I've used them in the river and state lakes and never had a problem with it.
     
  17. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks John for the information. Appreciated.