I know this topic has been discussed in the past, but the regs on catching forage fish (below) are still a bit unclear to me... does this mean I can't take shad within 1000 ft below a dam with my cast net? Also, I don't find anything forbidding me from using the cast net at night. Any clarification would be appreciated, here. I pay enough money for my sport of choice without having to include fines. FORAGE FISH means freshwater drum (in the Lake Erie fishing district only), carp, quillback, suckers, bowfin, gar, buffalo, gizzard shad, and goldfish. These species may be taken by any method except by means of explosives, poisons, firearms, electricity, chemicals, nets, seines, or traps, or by snagging within 1,000 feet downstream of a dam. Gizzard shad and smelt may be taken with a minnow seine, minnow dip net, or hand landing net.