its not illegal but its frowned upon , not because you can catch a ton of fish on them its the fact that people experment with baits and start using all sorts of fish that could harm the balance of a lake
Our local DNR folks don't know as much as I'd like them to.There's alot of issuses that's been took before them and their answers was either null or silly.I don't see how you can be given a ticket if it's not a writen law.Using small bass and other game fish is illgeal,but goldfish is not a game fish therefore in my thinking it;s legal.Finding goldfish around here isn't easy,and if you do find them they're high.I've give them a thought myself along with carp and bullheads,just haven't got around to it yet.
It's legal here in kansas to use them and guys use them all the time especially for blues but like joey said, they are rather expensive. I personally don't like to spend anything on bait. I'm a bigtime common carp user and have virtually an unlimited supply of them from goldfish size on up. They do very good on the missouri river where I generally do most of my fishin.
You can use game fish on rod and reel but not on jugs, trotline and limb lines. Its on page 17 third dot down under methods and devices. Its also on page 21 under Regulations section titled Bait. Thats just the thing Gold Fish aren't listed on either page.
I don't think you can have a bass on Hartwell under 12" It all dependeds on where you're at.We've caught creek bass in a seine but they're not legal to have in possesion.I know some people use bass but you need to make sure of the size limit,and they also have to be included in the creel
Riverratsc, I'm puzzled too. I've always heard goldfish were illegal, but I am fairly certain they don't qualify as a game fish, so they should be legal. However on page 17, under selling & importing, 2nd paragraph "It is illegal to possess, import, or sell any fish species that is not native to SC waters without a SCDNR permit." Would goldfish probably fall under this criteria?
If so they wouldn't be legal.
Why don't we just nominate ourselves to be on the DNR staff,seems like we're more interested in whats going on than they are Don't you just love it when you think it's important and they think it's some kind of joke question.I've even call the legislator about issues and they're in the dark.What it is guys we as avid catfisherman are starting to ask questions thats never been asked.Catfishing has become a "GAMEFISH" sport.and the questions are becoming more intense.I think the avid catfisherman should join together and try to make the catfish a game fish so it can be regulated more closely and more info will be released at the request of the catfisherman.I bet a dollar to a doughnut though,if you were to get checked while fishing with a goldfish these fellers probally couldn't honestly give you a ticket.But if I had a 6" shoal bass on the hook for bait they could slap one on me.They can only get you for something they truely know for a fact,Do you men feel the same.I'm gonna try one one of these days,I don't thing it's a big deal.
ha ha thats snappers , my pet hes going on 24 years old now i dug him up while digging worms when i was 14! he was no bigger than a half dollar he lives in a 4x4 gold fish pond in my back yard , hes been really bad in his life killed a cat and bunches of squirrels unknown amount of birds ,he just sits and waits all day just under the water waiting for anything to come get a drink of water, after he killed the cat i covered the whole pond in mesh but it will not stop the birds and squirrels from poking there heads in then WHOOSE! there gone! he would just assume to bite my finger off but hey he,s like a son ha ha you can almost see him smiling in the picture ha ha