I was shocked today when I read the new Fish Health Inspection Requirements from the N.Y.D.E.C These are emergency provisions to try to contain Viral Hemorrhagic Septicema & Soring Viremia of Carp Virus. They also certify the presence or abscence of the following pathogens: Aeromonas salmonicida, Yerssinia ruckeri, and, Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus. What does that mean to the fisherman on a practical level? Legal selfcaught baitfish can only be used in the body of water they were caught. No you can't catch them, bring them home, and come back with them to fish. They cannot be transported over land. However we can catch our own bait in the tributaries up to the first impassible barrier. If the officer checks your bait and is not satisfied you caught them where you are they can sieze your bait for testing, and possible fines. I catch my own bait. I have several ponds and streams packed with choice bait. I can use them in those ponds and streams but there are no few fish large enough to eat them, thus why the supply is so plentiful. Plan B: Buy my bait at the bait shop. Bait shops must have a health certification and current reports of bait testing. Your receipt wil reflect said certification and must be presented upon demand, or, You guessed it testing and possible fines. Save those receipts. The bonus being these baits can be fished in multiple areas. I guess I should applaud the DEC for these actions. Am I selfish for being frustrated, probably. Things just seem to be more complicated then they use to be.