I think that i read a post on here somewhere that said that bluegill have to be used in the body of water where caught? Could be wrong and you could already know this, but wanted to be safe than sorry....
Reply by: bigfish101 Posted: 5/10/2012 8:45:31 AM Points: 242
The rules aern't too complex. If the bait is alive use it where you caught it or have a reciept. If it's dead use it where bait fishing is allowed.
The Book of free rules & regulations comes out every season about April 1st. You can pick it up at most bait shops.. walmart & gas stations that sell bait usually.
If your a stickler for Rules... I would recommend you read it in detail so you can correctley pass on the right information. Nothing worse than when someone is spilling the beans... come to realize it was a can of old meat.
I asked how to use the bait ... not what we're the rules for using it.
Reply by: lewdog Posted: 5/10/2012 9:14:30 AM Points: 691
If u catch them on ur pole its OK but there are allotted of lakes on the front range that your not allowed to net them in. I suggest a #2 baitholder or circle hook and hook them between the spine n dorsal fin. With no weight or bobber n clip one pectoral fin short so he swims injured. Or if u use them dead on bottom with a 3/8 split shot about a foot leader to the hook. Then hook them through the eyes and inflate them with air. Best of luck to ya
d. The only fish allowed to be taken for commercial use are minnows, gizzard shad, white and longnose suckers and carp. All live baitfish from a commercial source and transported by anglers must at all times be accompanied by a receipt from the source. It is illegal to import any live native or non-native aquatic wildlife into Colorado without authorization from CPW or as stated in regulations.
haha, I responded to his original post... it didn't mention the 7 day thing.
After some more searching I see the 7 day requirement in the ANS manual. This is what the Inspector at aurora told me also about bait that was older than 7 days.
If the receipt is older than seven days, perform a bait treatment to remove the threat of ANS in the bait-water. Ask the boater to remove the bait from the vessels live well or container and place it into a holding container. The live well or container must be drained and decontaminated using standard decontamination procedures (120ºF water rinse with low pressure) before the bait is returned. If entering, the container or well water will be replaced with water from the lake or reservoir the boat is launching in.
You can make a fish do different things depending on where you hook them. When Pike and Catfishing with dead fish as bait, I pull the hook through the eye sockets and pin the hook just under the dorsal fin.
With live fish, consider: a) nose hooking, b) collar hooking, or anal fin hooking. A hook in each area will force the fish to do different things. A nose hooked or collar hooked fish will have a tendency to swim away from you, whereas an anal fin hooked fish, has a greater tendency to dive down. I learned these tricks fishing with live anchovies, sardines, and "brown baits" (Tom Cod) in the Pacific.