Traps for bluegills in Illinois

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by Fowler, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. Fowler

    Fowler New Member

    I am pretty new to the BOC and i was wondering if you can trap bluegill or sunfish in Illinois.If so,are there any type of restrictions?
  2. big-muddy

    big-muddy Active Member

    norfolk, va
    A sport fishing license permits the use of legalsized
    cast nets, shad scoops, minnow traps
    and minnow seines to obtain shad, alewife,
    minnows and crayfish to use as bait, provided
    they are not sold or are not identified as threatened
    or endangered aquatic life. All cast nets
    shall be not larger than 8 feet in diameter or of
    a mesh size not larger than 3/8 inch bar measurement.
    All shad scoops shall be not larger
    than 30 inches in diameter or of a mesh size
    not larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement or
    longer than 4 feet in length. Minnow seines
    shall not be longer than 20 feet, deeper than 6
    feet or contain mesh size larger than 1/2 inch
    bar measurement. Minnow traps shall not be
    longer than 36 inches, nor wider than 24 inches,
    nor use mesh larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement.
    Minnows and crayfish may be collected with
    traps of metal screen or hardware cloth, plastic,
    or nylon mesh or netting. Such traps may not
    be more than 24 inches in width or diameter or
    more than 36 inches in length nor use a mesh
    of more than 1/2 inch bar measurement. Each
    entrance aperture may not exceed 1.5 inches in
    diameter. If unattended, such devices must be
    tagged with the name and mailing address of
    the person operating the device. Minnows and
    crayfish collected in such devices may only be
    taken for personal use and may not be sold or
    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.

    by legal *sportfishing devices* im taking it they mean its all good. unless sportfishing devices means rod and reel.​


    JERMSQUIRM New Member

    ya as long as your a liscened sport fisherman you can take bluegill with legal devices. fishing pole cast net of legal size ect... you MUST make sure the water you take them from has either NO restrictions or the fish you take are within those guidelines. (example) lake has an 8" limit of 6 bluegills. you may take only 6 at or over 8" even to use as bait. and if there is a limit where you intend to use them at you must follow these as well. if there is a 6" limit you may only use 6" bluegill as bait and if there is a limit its unlawful to use them CUT. in other words dont cut off fins ect if there is a limit on size because they cannot tell the size. i use them at lakes where there is no restrictions on them. then theres no worries.

    welcome aboard.
  4. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

    welcome to boc:smile2:
  5. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

    good quote:cool2:
  6. catmankev

    catmankev New Member

    Valmeyer, Illinois
    It's always been my understanding that Bluegill/Sunfish are considered "Sportfish" and therefore must be caught on a hook to be " legal". Shad, Alewife, Minnows and Crayfish may be taken with a "Legal" castnet, seine, shad scoop or trap. I got that from a Conservation Officer several years ago when I started using Bluegill for bait.
  7. stump jumper

    stump jumper New Member

    make sure of cast nets, illinois law no game fish in cast nets ,blue gill game fish look into a comercial licence,