Spent some time in the UP last week for ice fishing. Buying bait was an interesting experience. First, many of the bait stores up that way (boonies) are in people's houses, where we stood in the living room chatting with the wife while the owner got bait from the basement. The most interesting thing were discussions about the use of minnows and roe (eggs) in Michigan. With the VHS issue getting more press, they are trying to stop the spread by controlling the use of bait that can move the virus = minnows and fresh roe. Now, you must have a form filled out and in your possession whenever you have live minnows or spawn. If you possess live bait without the form it's a $400.00 fine. They are also coming down hard on the bait dealers to show a clean chain of ownership for bait from the approved farm (provider) thru the bait shop to the consumer. We had discussions with a couple of shop owners who have discussed the situation with MDNR folks. Looks like they might want to discontinue the use of live minnows and spawn completely in the state. If the VHS situation gets worse, it will probably happen. Once it happens in Michigan, Ohio might not be far behind. One shop owner is replacing most minnow tanks with extra coolers for worms, getting ready for what might happen. Worms, leeches, and larva are not affected.