Well.... after several different threads on the legality of trapping perch I have a clear answer for those in search on whether trapping of perch is legal.:tounge_out: I never really gave it much thought myself and always understood perch as a non gamefish and legal to take by pretty much any legal means. I sent a email to the ODWC so I could have a answer that could be printed for my own records and everyone here. Anyway here a copy and paste of a few emails I sent to the "ask a warden". I think half of us put more thought into what's legal and not legal some some of the people that do this for a living. My first email clearly asks the question. Dear ODWC, I have a question concerning the trapping of non game fish specifically perch/bluegill. I have always been told and felt that using perch traps to catch perch/bluegill a non game fish was legal in Oklahoma. The past several weeks I've heard other stories that they are not legal. I've heard different answers pertaining to this question from bluegill are a gamefish and are illegal to trap, to it's legal to use a cast net,trawl or dip net but not a trap. I also heard mesh size made the difference in weather this was legal or not. I'm writing you today to get the straight answer so I can keep a copy with me in case this law is interepted another way by some other game warden. It seems that some laws are a little fuzzy or have a gray area on what's exactly legal and not legal. I understand that minnow traps are legal but a perch trap is illegal? How could a non game fish like a minnow be legal to trap and a perch a non game fish also be illegal to trap? I do not see anything in the regs that have perch or bluegill with any special regulations. Thank you for your time. Chris Glass Now hears the clear as mud response from them. Bluegill are not game fish. It is lawful to trap minnows. Capt. David Deckard Law Enforcement Division Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation I didn't really know why they didn't answer my question....was I not clear enough in my question? So I sent this quick response back to them. Is it lawful to trap perch? Thanks Chris Glass The ODWC response to this direct question is....... Our rules does not mention trapping perch or bluegills only minnows. The definition of minnows is: small non-game fish commonly used as bait and include blunt nosed, bullhead minnows,chubs, dace,fatheads, killifish, small carp, small goldfish, shiners, and stonerollers. The definition is vague and leaves room for different interpretations. So there you have it, they can't answer questions in their own regs so how can the average Joe get in trouble for this? I'm all for following rules but the law is as clear as mud and I'm not going to stop trapping perch if I feel the need. I personally don't know of anybody every getting in trouble for this and I doubt anyone every would unless you were violating some "other" law and that's a big maybe. I don't think you'll ever get a straight answer until the ODWC changes the wording in the regs. If anybody would like me to forward the actually emails to them for reference just PM me with your e-mail addy. My opinion if your worried keep written copy of the interpertation of the law. Since they really don't have any ground on this subject matter I see no way they could give a ticket.