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Any of you used the chum block that comes in a bucket. I saw one of these today & thought it might be good for holding minnows, gills & crappie in the area. Just drill a hole, drop it down, fish over it a few days later?

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Correct me if I'm wrong here but I don't think chumming is legal...assuming you are fishing in Minnesota.

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like was already stated I think this would be illegal to use in minnesota. I quickly looked at the book but couldn't find the section that deals with this issue.

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It is illegal. From DNR Regs: "Depositing any fish parts or entrails in a public water is prohibited". Chum IS fish parts.

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I'd say you can get ticketed for it. I doubt a CO would really waste time writing a ticket for one minnow. I bet dumping a few might give you some problems though. I just throw em' in the trash since I hate seeing dead minnows and fish laying on the ice.

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fuzzbient,

technically yes if would be illegal but I know of no one that has been tagged for doing that. the co would have to see you do it and they would have to be a very strict one to enforce it. you see people put dead minnows on the ice all the time then it melts and refreezes and now you got these dead minnows in the ice and come springtime when the lakes open back up these minnows then get into the lakes.

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I'm pretty sure the only way it's illegal is if these chum blocks are actually made of fish. Lots of artificial stuff out there that smells an awful lot like the real thing (think Gulp)

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UPDATE!! Just finished talking with my CO friend....if the chum is ARTIFICIAL attractant, there is no law against using it that he is aware of. Dead minnows down the hole illegal? Technically, yes. But are we going to tag for it? "Probably not" (His words) I DID learn that you CAN'T seine minnows out of the Mississippi and use them for bait...even ON the Mississippi. Why? Because the 'sip is an infested water, and they figure they'll get mixed and transported to other waters. I learned something today, at least.

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I fish some farm ponds in Iowa, not Minnesota. You guys have 10,000 laws for your 10,000 lakes, guy needs an attorney every time you go fishing. JUST KIDDING grin

The block is artificial. I can see where using a frozen block of minnows & fish guts being illegal.

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