What are the legal size limits on a cast net? Not larger than 8 feet in diameter (4 foot radius) and having a mesh size not larger than 3/8 inch bar measurement What are the legal size limits on a minnow seine? Not longer than 20 feet in length, deeper than 6 feet or having a mesh size of 1/2 inch bar measurement What are the legal size limits on a minnow trap? Not more than 36 inches long, 24 inches wide and with mesh no larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement. The entrance openings can be no wider than 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They can be made out of metal screen or hardware cloth, plastic or nylon mesh or netting. What are the legal size limits on a dip net? On waters other than Lake Michigan, the limits are 15 feet in diameter and a mesh size of no less than 1 1/2 inches bar measurement. Dip nets cannot be used withing 100 feet of a dam, and may be used to take carp, carpsucker, buffalo and gizzard shad. Are bluegills legal for bait? Yes, provided they are taken in a legal manner. You must observe all size and creel limits where they are taken and also where they are used as bait. It is also illegal to cut up bluegills on any body of water where there is a size limit for bluegills. Can you catch bluegills in one body of water and transport them to another body of water to use as bait? Yes, as long as you follow all size and creel limits on both bodies of water. Can mussels be used for bait? A sport fishing license does not entitle any persons to take and/or posess mussels. How can crayfish be caught? Cast nets, shad scoops, minnow seines and traps. Traps may not be more than 36 inches long, 24 inches wide and with mesh no larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement. The entrance openings can be no wider than 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Minnows can be taken by cast net, seine or minnow trap. What is a minnow? A minnow is defined as any fish of the minnow family (Cyprinidae) except carp and goldfish. The species that can be legally taken include shiners and chubs. What is a quick set rig? On certain lakes, when using live bait in excess of 8 inches in total length, it must be rigged with a quick set rig. The hook shall be set immediately upon the strike. A quick set rig is defined as a live bait rig with up to 2 treble hooks attached anywhere on the live bait, single hooks are prohibited. This rule does not apply to trotlines, juglines etc....if allowed on the lake. Some of the lakes that require a quick set rig are: Argyle lake, Banner Marsh, Canton lake, Double "T" , Evergreen lake, Forbes state lake, Fox chain of lakes, Hennipin-Hopper lakes Jim Edgar/Panther creek, Johnson Sauk Trail lake and pond, Kinkaid lake, Lake carlton, Lake George, Lake Mingo and Kennekuk cove park ponds, Lake of the Woods and Elk ponds, Lake Storey, Lake Sule, Mill Creek lake, Otter lake, Pana lake, Pierce lake, Shabbona lake, Snakeden Hollow, Spring lake, Staunton City lake and Sterling lake.