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Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by bwhupp, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Have castnet 8 foot or smaller and do not keep channel cats for bait that you take from a castnet. I knew about the size, but the whole catfish are deemed sportsfish and must be taken with rod and reel to be used as bait I did not know. I got a written warning from the DNR for catching some small little channel cats in the castnet and was going to use it as bait.
     
  2. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Keep that up and you will end up in the big house.:smile2:
     

  3. catmankev

    catmankev New Member

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    Where were you Brian?
     
  4. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    brian hupp......man out of control
     
  5. tunnel hull

    tunnel hull New Member

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    good to know! I just hate giving the( FISH-POLICE) my money
     
  6. howards

    howards Member

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    A cast net by Ill. law can only be 4 feet long(8 feet across) and any game fish caught in the net must be return to said water. Any game fish caught on a pole and hook may be used as bait in said water.
     
  7. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    I was at Baldwin trying to catch bait at the dock.. which by the way, there isn't crap there yet so don't waste your time.
     
  8. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Ya Howard, I seriously did not know catfish was considered a 'sport fish' here in IL. But hey, I know now the hard way. The guy was nice enough about it and while I had him, I got him to give me some of the DNR booklets on rules and such to bring to the gathering. LOL. I told him I will pass on his information. :smile2:

    Either way, well, at least it did not cost me anything. I went to walmart and bought a new castnet... 8 foot in diameter. What sucks is I have 2 10 footers that I bought last year!
     
  9. Don Wessling

    Don Wessling New Member

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    Rules, rules, rules, we can't live without them.
     
  10. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Put them on the sale page, be gone in no time I would think.....
     
  11. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    The shipping would suck.. those things are heavy!
     
  12. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    maybe check with some of them fellas across the river, they can use bigger nets in Mo.? then they can just pick them up... sucks for sure....
     
  13. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    Wish you would have asked em about Bluegill in a castnet.. DNR's rule book are a bit fuzzy on them, and I've been trying to get a straight answer from them for 3 years now...
     
  14. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Bluegills are illegal to take by castnet. I did ask him that. Only 3 things are allowed to take by castnet... minnows, shad, and crayfish. Everything else much be caught by legal rod and reel.
     
  15. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Hmmmm, even if it is NOT a game fish?
     
  16. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    I did not think catfish was a game fish, but the DNR guy said it is. The guy told me only those three things are allowed. IN the rule book thingie with castnet said only those 3 things.. I am assuming everything else is either game fish or commercial fish. Either one is not allowed. I am sure a lot of this also is left to the DNR rep at the time and how big of a pain he wants to be.
     
  17. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    all the fishing laws seem a little trivial at times to me. kinda like they are made up on the spot alot of the time.
     
  18. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Well, it becomes problematic when there is not a specific list of 'sports fish' and 'commercial fish'. At least not in that little handbook from what I recall reading.. but hey, who knows, I haven't memorized it all either.
     
  19. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

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    Here are a couple excerpts from IL. fishing regulations. You can find all the regs here.
    http://dnr.state.il.us/fish/digest/09Digest.pdf


    Principal sport fish are the muskellunge, tiger
    muskie, northern pike, walleye, sauger, largemouth
    bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass,
    warmouth, striped bass, hybrid striped bass,
    white bass, yellow bass, sunfish bluegill, crappie,
    trout and salmon. These may be taken
    only with sport fishing devices by anglers having
    sport fishing licenses. Other species such
    as paddlefish, catfish, yellow perch, freshwater
    drum and carp are considered both sport
    and commercial fish, and the means of taking
    and purposes for which they are taken prescribe
    the type of license required. Still other
    species are considered commercial fish,
    though when taken on sport fishing devices an
    angler must have a sport fishing license. A
    fourth category is endangered and threatened
    aquatic life. (See Endangered and
    Threatened Aquatic Life).

    BLUEGILL AS BAIT
    There is nothing in the Illinois Fish Code which
    prohibits the use of legally taken bluegill or sunfish
    as bait for another species of fish. The
    bluegill/sunfish must have been taken by a
    properly licensed sport fisherman using legal
    sportfishing devices. You must also observe all
    size and creel limits both where the
    bluegill/sunfish were taken and where they are
    being used as bait. Also, it is illegal to cut up
    or dress or be in possession of cut up or
    dressed fish on any body of water where there
    is a size limit for that particular species of fish.

    From reading this I gather that bluegill are a sportfish.
     
  20. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Griz my man.. I love you. :smile2:

    So again, I like half read at first seeing sport fish include... then I read on and went "ah crap..."