Illinois Snagging Laws?

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by fat_fish55, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    I was snagging right below lock and dam 20 on the mississippi today right where a brother on here and others iv talked to there say they snag sometimes. well some guy came up to me and said have you seen any game wardens down here? i said no why? he then told me it was illegal to snag there. he said you have to be over 300 yards away from the dam.

    please help me find the illinois laws. the fishing digest is confusing when it comes to snagging. can i snag there?
     
  2. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    I talked to some people today and this guy was probably out of his mind. They said it was the complete opposite in which u can't fish out of that distance.
     

  3. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    yep i found that out too right after i posted
    there is a 300 yard downstream limit

    they were prolly tryin to get us outa there so they could take over :)
     
  4. Believer

    Believer New Member

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    From the DNR website:



    SNAGGING
    Snagging for fish is permitted from September
    15 through December 15 and from March 15
    through May 15 within a 300 yard downstream
    limit below all locks and dams of the
    Illinois River and Mississippi River between
    Illinois and Missouri. Snagging is permitted
    from January 1 through April 15 within a 500
    yard downstream limit below locks and dams
    on the Mississippi River between Illinois and
    Iowa (except the tailwaters of Lock and Dam
    12 and 13 are closed to all fishing from
    December 1 through March 15), and yearround
    within a 100-yard limit upstream or
    downstream of the dam at Horseshoe Lake in
    Alexander County. In these areas the following
    species may be taken: carp, buffalo,
    freshwater drum, paddlefish (2 per day),
    bowfin, gizzardshad, carpsucker, longnose
    and shortnose gar and sucker (except longnose
    sucker). No sorting of snagged salmon
    or paddlefish is permitted. Every salmon 10
    inches in total length or longer and paddlefish
    snagged must be taken into immediate possession
    and included in the daily catch limit.
    Once the daily limit of salmon or paddlefish
    has been reached snagging must cease.


    I hope this helps!

    Eric
     
  5. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    Illinois
    It helped me thanks. :)
     
  6. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

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    Quincy,Illinois
    Today kickin_wing, NickQuincy, and me all went snagging at Meyer Dam in Illinois. We werent getting anything at first cept the normal shad, but then I hooked something very strange. I pulled the fish to the surface and was pretty sure it was a nice sized catfish. But NO IT WAS A SPOONBILL WITH NO BILL AT ALL! It looked like some freak of nature. Has anyone else caught one like that?
     
  7. YeeHaw

    YeeHaw New Member

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    Quincy Illinois
    looks like we can't snag so close to the dam anymore.
     
  8. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    illinois
    yes we can yeehaw,
    it is only legal within 300 yards of dam
     
  9. fat_fish55

    fat_fish55 New Member

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    illinois
    and just to clear it up,
    it is actualy illegal to catch and release a spoonbill