Looks like the "Bluegill a gamefish" thread was inactive long enough that it got bumped off the page...so I decided to start a new thread to continue the discussion about what is & is not legal to cast net for. Any of you guys hear back from you District CO Offices? I finally got a response... From: Jenkins, Dean Sent: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 10:37 PM Subject: FW: Cast Net Question Sorry for the delay in this but wanted to get you the absolute answer instead of various interpretations that may cause a problem down the road. After talking with a couple officers and seeing a difference of opinion, I went to legal section and got the following. Would you please pass this on to Matthew as I can't find his email address. Let me know too, if this is helpful or merely muddies the water some more. Sometimes that happens you know, when you try to clear it up. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sent: Tue 6/16/2009 10:45 Subject: Cast Net Question Dean, I'm sorry for not getting back to you sooner with respect to this question but it took me a little bit to make sure that I was comfortable with the answer I was coming up with. Once I was confident of my answer I also wanted to run it past Fish & Wildlife so I could address any differences of opinion if there were any. The short answer I came up with is that a cast net can only be used for fishing when it is specifically authorized. This conclusion comes from the fact that sport fishing methods are specified at 312 IAC 9-7-2. 312 IAC 9-7-2 does not mention cast nets at all so that lead me to believe that cast nets are not allowed for fishing in a general sense. Although a "cast net" isn't specifically authorized for use for fishing it is defined at 312 IAC 9-6-1(77) so I had to believe that the term was used somewhere. After a thorough check I found that the use of a cast net is specifically authorized at 312 IAC 9-7-15 and 9-9-2, for taking minnows and crawfish, respectively. Therefore, I reached the opinion that cast nets are not allowed to be used for any regulated fish except minnows and crawfish. (Bolstering this conclusion is the fact that there are a few other pieces of fishing equipment defined in the rule, including "dip nets" and "minnow seines", that are not included as a legal method of fishing at 312 IAC 9-7-2, but which are authorized for use for specific things.) I ran my interpretations past Fish & Wildlife just to make sure I wasn't missing something and to allow me to address any differences of opinion before I responded to you. They agreed with my conclusions so there shouldn't be any confusion caused by this. If you have additional questions please let me know. Thanks, Administrative Law Judge Natural Resources Commission Indiana Government Center North, Room N501 100 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 Ha! Basically they just reiterated the Indiana Code & didn't seem to make it any clearer. I'm emailing back & asking more specific questions about bluegill & shad. I looked at the fishing regs & bluegill are regulated at ONE spot in the whole state (JC Murphey Lake). Does that make them gamefish throughout the entire state then? Also, I wonder if b/c shad are illegal to use live (except at Brookville) that makes them "regulated" too? I'll try to get a better answer!