Post By: kevtater Posted: 1/19/2009 7:07:40 PM Points: 315
I'm curious what you all think about the urban legend dealing with spraying baits and lures with WD-40 to mask human scent. I'm aware it is a petroleum product, and therefore probably not good in water but I'm just curious.
One night, a few years( 1976) ago, I went with two good ole boys from Brainard to troll the dam at Pueblo Reservoir. All they had in the boat was two ugly sticks with 10# test mono and a #5 shad rap. O yea, each had a can of WD-40 in their pockets. I had none. Good ole boys 21 walleyes me two missed hits. I can't say for sure, whether I just had a bad night or they were extremely lucky but something smelled and it was the WD-40 I personally like the Juice, Dr. Juice to be exact. Take it for what it's worth. May the force be with you!
I heard this one before. The rumor is that it is made with some sort of fish oil and that attracts the fish. I looked on the website, and itís not considered toxic, but there is no mention of any of the ingredients being fish oil. I would probably stick to using other products made for attracting fish. Most of it will float off your lure as soon as it hits the water anyway.
Reply by: JED Posted: 1/20/2009 8:25:54 AM Points: 4264
Growing up, I remember seeing wd-40 in lots of tackle boxes. My grandfather swore by it. I tried it a couple times, but for me I just can not justify using it, especially since there are many other products that can be used with the same or better results JED
Reply by: Flyrodn Posted: 1/20/2009 10:05:23 AM Points: 107515
The question as to legality of using WD-40, I think hinges on whether or not its considered a toxic substance. The fact that it shouldn't be ingested and long term contact isn't recommended, probably isn't sufficient to prohibit its use, as lead meets those criteria and is generally allowed. I suspect many of the scents currently on the market might be as "toxic" as WD-40 if ingested.
Anyway, I posed the question to CDOW. It'll be interesting to hear their response.
i asked my bud who knows the regs pretty well and he said he thought it was illegal but he looked it up and its just like a scent attractor but u can get a ticket because some of the stuff in wd40 isnt good for the water therfore it poluting...
"In reading the regulations and reading the hazard sheet on wd-40 the question would seem to hinge on whether or not the product is deemed toxic. I would guess many of the scents currently on the market might also be as toxic as WD-40 if injested.
So the question is, is spraying a lure/bait (where scents are legal) with wd-40 and then immediately fishing with it (using it as a fish attractant) legal?"
And the answer is:
"We do not have a regulation preventing the use of WD-40 as a fish attractant. WD-40 does contain chemicals which could possibly affect the habitat in a negative way if used over an extended period of time. I am not aware of any studies ongoing at this time regarding WD-40 and the eco system. I would think the use of WD-40 would be more of a moral issue at this time.
I believe you are probably correct in thinking there are products on the market which have the ability to be toxic.
So morally, maybe we should not use WD-40, but if we use an attractant(that has toxins) sold in a store then its okay? I personally dont use any of it, but if the wd 40 and the stuff in the store has possible toxic materials, then it would not matter which one someone uses? At least it was clarified by the DOW JED
I've always wanted to try WD-40 But I get the guilt of it being illegal so I never have but I know some people that use it up a Crawford and they land Pike left and right. Now they say its because of the WD-40 but maybe It's just that lake who knows?
Reply by: Ankrum Posted: 1/22/2009 5:33:11 AM Points: 603
Just think about this for a second....so you soak your bait in WD-40, a fish comes up and hits but you miss him. As you pull up your jig or whatever it was on, you notice the fish got your bait. There is no way this can possibly be good for the fish to eat something laced in WD-40. Chances are, the fish will die. I do not condone anyone using WD-40, there is no way it can be healthy for the fishery.
Reply by: JED Posted: 1/22/2009 7:35:46 AM Points: 4264
Ankum, I agree with your thought on a fish eating a laced(wd-40) bait, but at the same time what about some of those attractants they sell in the stores? They have some stuff in it, that surely is not healthy for a fish. JED
Reply by: trollalong Posted: 1/22/2009 9:27:17 AM Points: 4572
I think that this brings up some good points. I never thought about what I'm throwing in the water to catch fish. I'm going to look at all the stuff I use including the Glup products to see if it is something I feel I want to throw into the lake.
Reply by: rod Posted: 1/22/2009 6:46:13 PM Points: 108
Yeah, I'm thinking all that lead (jigheads and weights) is way worse than a little WD-40. Also, the air pollution on the front range is really bad. Time to start biking to the lake, if you really want to get that water clean. I've used the stuff for walleye- it can be effective. I personally can't stand Powerbait. I've cleaned several fish that were almost clogged up with that crap.
Reply by: Flyrodn Posted: 1/23/2009 11:09:28 AM Points: 107515
Good to see this thread getting folks thinking.
On the pollution thoughts, the Front Range (metro area) and SW corner of the state waters are most affected by air pollution. Primarily mercury disposition from power plants and vehicles. This was covered at the Anglers Round Table last Thursday by one of CDOW researchers.
The way I look at it is simple. ( Keep in mind I'm only 28) However, I would like to bring my grandkids to fish this beautiful state one day. With that being said, I'm not going to use it. I'm going to do what I always do, change up my lure or technique. Even if the fish aren't biting, I want the fishing to be even better as the years tac on. In other words, I'm not going to use, whether it's "okay" for OUR fish or OUR waters. But I have to admit, I really enjoyed reading all the response to this topic. It was good to hear and see that a lot of others are thinking about the future. Now if we can just conquer the dang Zebra.