25 nongame baitfish?
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Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM  
From the 2014 OK Fishing Guide:

Rivers and Streams:  It is illegal to take or possess more than 25 nongame bait fish, except for shad, of which 200 may be taken or possessed.



Seriously?  If I want to catch some minnows, I can only keep 25?

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Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM  
Does this include commercially bought minnows?  The way I read it you can only have 25 minnows in your minnow bucket if you are fishing in a river or stream, and you can only trap or seine 25 for personal use.  Also if you are going to use live sunfish you can only have 25.  Looks like you better become a shad fisherman or forget about using live bait. 
Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 2:43 PM  
Gotta stop you minnow hoarders.
Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 2:59 PM  
Both of you are correct...only 25 nongame baitfish are allowed on ANY stream...whether it is the Canadian River or a small creek that you can jump over.  The rule was proposed to protect native nongame species from being taken in excess by netting and seine from specific streams in the northeast.  But rather than specify these streams or restrict this reg to scenic rivers (as I suggested), the proposal went through without change.  If you buy minnows at a store, keep your reciept to prove you purchased the minnows and did not collect them on-site.

At the biologist meeting where this regulation was first proposed and debated I was VERY vocal about the negative impact this would have on anglers.  My exact words were: So it will now be illegal for a crappie angler to fish below Keystone with 3 dozen minnows if he does not have a reciept for the minnows?  I was told that wardens would be told to enforce the spirit of the law which is to prevent the excessive taking of nongame species from specific eastern streams. 

If this is a regulation that you do not agree with I would encourage you to contact the Fisheries Division office at 405-521-3721.
Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 3:16 PM  
This is BS.  I called and emailed my comments on this proposed regulation before it was enacted and It did no good.  This is the kind of pure BS regulations I referred to on another post about jug lines.  TARGET THE REGULATION TO THE SPECIFIC PROBLEM.  If the problem is a few creeks in NE Oklahoma then address that but don't end up screwing the Crappie fisherman that seines or traps his own minnows or fails to get a receipt when he buys them.  Or the guy that wants to run trotlines or jugs in the Nav Channel and use live sunfish.  This regulation may or may not affect the targeted species and body's of water but what it will do is cause confusion and unnecessary hassles for the average fisherman. 
Posted on Friday Jan 10, 2014 at 6:04 PM  
I've been trapping minnows for personal use in the Arkansas River for a couple years now.  There have been times I'll pull a trap, and have over 25 minnows in that trap at one time.  Sheesh.
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