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Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by tkdguy, May 18, 2017.
Is it legal to fish with these dead baits in the NW Rivers, such as the Sandy, etc> ? Thanks.
I'd sure take a look at the rule book, but we used herring/anchovies all the time for springers on the clackamas and Sandy years back when I was there. Hook restrictions apply of course.
You need to read their updates and changes page, seems they update the regulations every other week.
If I am correct, live bait can only be used if taken from the body of water which is being fished. I think there is some sort of baitfish running up the sandy this time of year. I'd look into that too if I used bait outside of the bays.
Dead fish are fine. Live bait is s no go in Oregon.
I'm pretty sure it allows it if you capture non-gamefish species in the same body of water you are intending to fish with them. Transportation is illegal and so is bought bait or species listed as cannot be taken. Apparently live crayyfish cannot be used as bait, which is really stupid as they're great for bass and some are invasive anyway!
Page 18 of the regs restricts this to tidewaters, bays and the ocean... so does this technically allow use of live resident nongamefish as bait up to bonneville and the willamette locks? I know the area around sauvie island is affected by the tide. Doesn't that make it intertidal?
I guess don't risk it unless you want to prove something in court. Besides, you'll probably waste a bunch of time trying to get bait when you should be fishing.
Use of Fish for Bait
Dead fish, preserved fish, parts of fish and
shellfish, and fish eggs may be used as bait.
The following may NOT be used as bait:
• Live fish. Except live nongame fish may
be used in the ocean, bays and tidewaters
when taken from the same waters in which
they will be used as bait.
• Goldfish. Nor can they be in an angler’s
possession while angling.
• Live crayfish.
• Live leeches. Nor can they be in an angler’s
possession while angling.
This straight from oregon 2017 regulations.
My only complaint is about the crayfish, which should be the same as "non-gamefish" in bays/estuaries.
Technically yes, you can use live baitfish, but practically no, you can't.
A lot of fisherman use live sand shrimp in the Sandy River. They are taken from coastal bay mud flats.
It doesn't say u can't use live sandshrimp. It's legal.
Do they crawl around like crayfish?
How are you supposed to keep them on the hook, anyway!
You use an egg loop or small rubber bands.
Egg loops always cut the thing in half for me... I see two hooks are better than one?
I'm used to swinging them so it seems there is no avoiding losing a bunch.
Poke a flat toothpick through the body.