Need Info Please.

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by MRR, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Louisiana,Mo.
    At one time i was told it is illegal to use[Goldfish] for bait in Il.Then I heard it wasn't. Another member and I was going to go over by Mozier ,Il yesterday fishing in some bays but he was wanting to use goldfish.We didn't go cause he was afarid of gettiing caught using bait that is a no-no.So we just went on the big water instead.
    Sure would like an answer to this if anyone knows for sure.Legal or not Legal. Thanks in ADVANCE!!
     
  2. Brentkeele

    Brentkeele New Member

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    Nokomis, Illinois
    I had this same question, so I e mailed IDNR with the question. The DNR Conservation Police Officer who answered my question advised me that it is indeed LEGAL in Illinois to use goldfish for bait. Hope this helps.
     

  3. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    Been using them on the MO river for years and checked by conservation. They're legal for use in Mo. and can be found in many bait shops (kinda expensive now though). Stay safe and stick a pig!!!:wink:
     
  4. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Tennessee
    May check some local fish stores and buy the smaller ones for good prices.:wink:
     
  5. Branj796

    Branj796 Member

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    Illinois
    It is not illegal to use them for bait. It is illegal to put left overs in the body of water. As long as they are on you hook you wont have a problem. Local bait shops sell them and we use them all the time. DNR has even seen them in my boat and never said a word.
     
  6. ammo warrior

    ammo warrior Member

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    Columbia, MO
    Kudos to you guys for wanting to make sure it was legal... Looks like you can drown all the goldfish that you want in Illinois...tight lines bro :cool2:
     
  7. buddyodie

    buddyodie New Member

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    illinois
    You can use them dead or alive.