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Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by mattoonboy4, Jul 17, 2006.
can we use yellow bellies for bait in illinois? if so, what size and how do i hook 'em?
You can look at the yearly rules by the IDNR. However, I believe that you can use any fish (endangered fish excluded) that you catch legally and within length and creel limits, or purchase at a bait shop. However for fish that have length limits, you cannot do anything to the fish, which changes the length. (Like cut off head to use as cut bait).
norm is correct on this. one thing i'd like to add though, is that you have to have caught the fish by legal methods. you can't set a minnow trap out for bullheads in illinois, or use a castnet.