Bluegill sold in Baitshops????

Discussion in 'Ohio Bait, Tackle, Taxidermy, etc. Marketplace' started by Joey209, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. Is this legal?I've heard of some baitshops sellin gills but I've heard it other people say it was illegal???????????????????
  2. I would say no, based on what I read on the ODNR site

    "It is unlawful to buy or sell any fish taken by angling from any water area in the state where an Ohio Fishing License is required."

    Since you can only use blue gills for bait if they were caught using a traditional angling technique, I would think that the above would be illegal.

    Just my 2 cents.

    I guess a loophole would be a "bluegill farm" where a license would not be required to harvest them.

  3. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    only place i know where it would be legal to sell them would be a licensed fish my knowledge they cannot be sold by baitshops.
  4. from what i have heard its illegal to sell them unless its a private lake, or pond selling them
  5. spacecadet

    spacecadet Fishing Nut

    Actually, it is legal for certain shops to sell bluegill... But it is under very special circumstances. There are four licensed dealers in Ohio that I know of. Mary's Bait Shop at Deer Creek Resevior is the only one that I know the name of for sure. I thought I read that Pappy's at Madison Lake was licensed, but my memory isn't clear. The other two, from what I remember, are in ther northeast part of the state.

    Even though it is legal for these shops to sell bluegill, they are having a tough time getting them..... Now, DON'T grab your can of mealworms and think you are going to sell them all that you can catch... The fish MUST be farmed by a propagator located IN Ohio and the fish must be inspected and certified disease-free by the US Dept. of Agriculture. I have no idea why the D of A instead of the DNR is involved.

    Anyway, that's the story behind bluegill sales in Ohio. I read this about two years ago in the London newspaper.
  6. For what it's worth in my opinion I don't see how they could regulate if the fish was inspected and certified by D.A. or if it was caught locally in the wild as they aren't tagged or marked.Also under what special circumstances,who decides what is special or not.I have owned 2 baitstores and had a dealer's liceanse from DNR to sale live bait and never heard of a special liceanse to sale Bluegills or other native Ohio fish,other than minnows,chubs,craws,ect.I don't think they could single out a few baitstores to permit it and not the others,that would be unfair.I vote it's illegal for a ordinary baitstore to sale them other than a fish farm for stocking purposes only.But I would like to know for sure.
  7. I have 3 ponds that need thinned out. Will cost you beer and a good attitude..............Rich
  8. my letter to ODNR

    To whom it May concern,

    I am a member of OhioGame fishing.Com and we have a discussion presently going on about the legality of saleing bluegills as bait at any Bait Stores.Is it legal for any Bait Stores in Ohio to sale Bluegills as a bait.I would appreciate you clearing this matter up for us.



    and thier reply


    Bait stores may purchase bluegills from licensed aquaculture facilities. These bluegills then may be sold as bait by the bait stores. It is unlawful for bait dealers to sell bluegills that were sport caught.


    we learn something new everyday!
  9. I posed the same question last year and was told that only district five was able to sell them and that it was at the fishermans request that it became legal. All the paylakes in the area is the reason why. You must have baitdealers license and aquaculture permit to sell. lost ten bucks on a bet on that one cause I always thought gamefish and wild game was illegal to sell in the state of Ohio. Call to wildlife office district 5 proved me wrong(AGAIN!!!).
  10. A better question is.....Why would anyone pay for bluegill to use as bait. They are the most commonly caught fish in ohio. Novice fishermen dont use BG for bait, and most experinced fishermen can get a doz gills in 20 mins.