Are jugs of all kinds illegal in West Virginia?

Discussion in 'LOCAL WEST VIRGINIA TALK' started by jeremiad, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    It would appear to be according to the WVDNR Fishing Regulations.

    On the other hand, trotlines and limblines are allowed in certain waters.

    I was hoping to toss out a few noodle jugs around my boat while fishing an isolated arm of a lake. The jugs would be attended at all times, and I would retrieve them all before I go.

    But it appears that jug-fishing of any kind is forbidden?

    Does anyone know if there are any instances where jug fishing would be allowed at all?
     
  2. hunterhnc20

    hunterhnc20 New Member

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    Joel the way I read the regulations its NO jugs at all. Best thing to do is get ahold of a dnr officer. But then again one will tell you no and another will tell you yes.
     

  3. lance

    lance New Member

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    I asked this ? to Charelston last year they said it was illegal now..... If you tie it to a limb float it out it would be a suspended limb line right. It would take a whole lot of extra trotline to do so but I guess it could be done or....tie them to your boat .:wink:
     
  4. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    I sent an e-mail to the WVDNR asking about attended jugs, and whether or not tethering them to the boat would be considered legal. I'm still waiting for their response.

    I'll let you know what I find out.
     
  5. BigRoo

    BigRoo New Member

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    Hey Joel
    Good luck on getting that answer but I'm pretty sure you can't jug fish.
     
  6. Jacksmooth

    Jacksmooth Member

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    No jugging allowed in Wv that I know of. Would be kind of neat to try it once.
     
  7. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    "No jugging allowed in Wv that I know of."

    Mmm... OOPS! I never thought to check.:wink:
     
  8. Jacksmooth

    Jacksmooth Member

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  9. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    "It is illegal to...Jugfish"

    That's far too simple.

    C'mon, there's gotta be several conditions and loopholes, right?

    I'm still waiting on a response...:embarassed:
     
  10. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    LOL! That's about like that thar possession limit that West Virginia has.

    I asked before how in the world WVDNR would enforce this law...like raid your freezer to repossess the 50 trout you have in there? I can see it now..."Ruby Ridge, West Virginia home raided by WVDNR agents...all occupants shot."

    Someone informed me that this possession limit was only enforced against non-resident fishermen...go figure! :confused2::wink:
     
  11. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    Well there is one way to sort of jug. Get some of those wild wolf fat kat bobbers in the largest size throw em out on your lines with a bit of extra slack. The largest of those fat kat bobbers is pretty much like jugging on the end of a pole.
     
  12. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Not Ruby Ridge, but I do know a fellow who was raided. Much like a drug raid on TV.
    Yep, the looked in his freezer, took meat and years of accumulated Buck skulls. 120 yo family farm,, lots(most all legal but no papers) of Buck skulls.

    Embarrassingly, His father was director of the WVDNR at the time. Big OOPS!:embarassed:
     
  13. Jacksmooth

    Jacksmooth Member

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    LOL! Nope they get residents too.
    http://www.wvdnr.gov/2009news/09news055.shtm
     
  14. lance

    lance New Member

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    I remember when the hatchery flooded on Shavers Fork I beleive that it was 1986 . The dnr had a field day then. ! Glad where I lived in Clarksburg I was busy smallmouth fishing .
     
  15. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    I promised that I would let you know what the "official" response is...

    This is pretty much what I expected; so, why did I bother to ask in the first place? I imagine that I am now registered on their "watch list"! :wink:
     
  16. lance

    lance New Member

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    1 . I did read the regulations and this is what I didn't see .
    How many trotlines.
    how many hooks.
    If you could use floats to hold the bait UP near the surface.

    So..... If you tied the line to the bank . Used jugs to float it. Added drops for hooks is that illegal ?
     
  17. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Good question, Lance. I didn't find the regulations all that specific either. For instance, I asked if there was any limit on poles/fisherman (there is in Virginia; i.e., three deployed at one time); he didn't say, and I don't see.

    So I will go with my plastic battleship bristling with baited rods! :confused2: