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Fish: Creek Chub

creek chubs

Post By: jimmy1219      Posted: 11/25/2013 3:04:25 PM     Points: 144    
Hey I ended up finding a lake this year that has a large population of creek chubs in it. I use to uses them as bait for pike as a kid. Do any of you know what the regulations are regarding the take of the creek chubs are? Was thinking of freezing them maybe and using them for lake trout. However I have no experience using them for that purpose. Any of you tried this before or have any info?

 Reply by: el soop      Posted: 11/25/2013 3:17:24 PM     Points: 213
I met some guys that used to use those at Bonny for catfish. I believe it is legal as long as the fish are not transported alive. However the regulations doesn't say anything specific about creek chubs.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 11/25/2013 3:27:28 PM     Points: 184622
From the regulations:

e. The only species allowed to be taken and used
for consumption or used as bait (either alive or
dead) by fishing, seining, netting, trapping or
dipping are minnows, bluegill, hybrid bluegill,
carp, sunfish, gizzard shad, sculpin, white and
longnose suckers, yellow perch and rainbow
smelt. Statewide bag limits apply to sunfish,
bluegill, hybrid bluegills and yellow perch.

Creek chub aren't on the list of permitted fish allowed for bait, so I recommend you don't use them, as I don't believe they're considered to be minnows. Also, while Lake Chub are seperate species from creek chub are protected as a species of concern and prohibited to be taken for any purpose. Make sure the species your catching is creek chub before taking them.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: 11/25/2013 3:39:13 PM     Points: 3900
"Minnow means all members of
the families of fish classified Cyprinidae (carp, chub, dace, goldfish, minnow, shiner, stoneroller and tench),
Cyprinodontidae (killifish, top minnow) and Clupeidae (gizzard shad),
except those designated as nongame,
threatened or endangered, or those
designated as nonregulated. See the
box on page 8, and in Chapter 10 and
11 of CPW regulations online."

Might want to contact CPW for clarification, because chub are listed as a minnow in the regs.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 11/25/2013 3:50:40 PM     Points: 184622
You're correct they are a minnow, my error.

I would recommend confirming with CPW and I would also make sure of your identification before harvesting them.
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