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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:31 PM 12/03/10 (CST)
I have not seen anybody say anything about the new reg on the books that states only preserved smelt may be used for ice fishing. This leads me to beleive that either nobody cares, or people plan to do it anyway. Have you been picking up your dead smelt from a grocer or meat market like I and others have been doing for longer than I have been alive? The DNR says no more. We must now by law buy only preserved smelt that is commercially prepared, and keep the packaging with us on the ice to prove it. This is the DNRs way of allowing it while making it challenging enough that we will not do it any more. I spoke with a fisheries person and he explained it is to help ensure that live smelt are not being used, and that no viable eggs find there way into the lakes. As a side note, the fisheries person did not exactly defend the reg and sympathised with my position. Frozen and dead smelt are not going to contaminate a lake. I am not even sure where to buy preserved smelt, and even if I found it you know the cost is going to be significantly higher. I hope you are looking forward to the day when live/dead bait is out-lawed becuase that is were the government is going to take us. That all being said, I am willing to admit when I am wrong, and if somebody can convience me that this is not just another BS government control I am willing to listen. mad smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:14 PM 12/03/10 (CST)
Ah geeze, somebody said bs government control. I'm sure Odin is crafting a response for you as I type! smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:51 AM 12/04/10 (CST)
“This expedited, emergency rule was enacted to protect Minnesota’s inland waters from VHS, which is now present in Lake Superior,” said Linda Erickson-Eastwood, DNR fisheries program supervisor. “With cisco and whitefish netting season upon us, it’s imperative that people understand the new rule.”

In June, DNR classified Lake Superior as infested with VHS and prohibited public harvest of all bait from its waters. Cisco is known to carry VHS, and rainbow smelt are likely carriers. Both are popular baitfish used in Lake Superior and inland waters.

copy and paste this, it has the whole article...

http://news.dnr.state.mn.us/index.php/2010/09/30/all-cisco-and-smelt-used-for-bait-must-be-preserved/

(Link fixed - fishcat)


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:53 PM 12/04/10 (CST)
So the whole, will this actually help question aside (which I very much doubt), will freezing a fish kill the VHS if it had it?
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:52 AM 04/30/11 (CST)
Pike lover are you putting that smelt in a pipe and inhaling it or is the DNR just out to get you. wake up its done to protect the lakes for the future
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:57 AM 04/30/11 (CST)
Anglers who harvested and froze cisco and smelt for use this winter as bait can have it preserved and labeled by an authorized permit holder. Bait dealers, bait retailers, fish hatcheries, commercial netters, fish packers, fishing guides and aquatic farms may be permitted to preserve cisco and smelt for baitfish. For more information about getting an application to be permitted or who has been permitted, contact the DNR Section of Fisheries at 651-259-5213.
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