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BAIT FISHING​
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
bartered.​
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.



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

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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.

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BAIT FISHING​


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
bartered.


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.



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

good quote:cool2:
 

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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.
 
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