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Yes it is ilegal!

No, it is not legal to target fish that are out of season. From page 8 of the 2008 DNR regulations booklet:

• You may not intentionally fish for any species during its closed season.

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Originally Posted By: 4wanderingeyes
Yes it is ilegal!

• You may not intentionally fish for any species during its closed season.

Right out of the book.

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This law/rule is vague to me. When the regular fishing season opens in May would I get a ticket for throwing lets say any soft plastic up into shallow water even though it says right on the package that it is a multi species lure.

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It is a vague rule, but you can not legally target fish out of season.

If you catch one or two, i believe you are supposed to even change your presentation.

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I don't think it's vague. It may be hard to prove. It may be hard to obey when you see a monster bass sitting in a couple feet of water.

If it is April or May and someone throws a soft plastic into a couple feet of water and catches bass, they are targeting bass. Even if that person says they're targeting big crappie or northerns.

This rule isn't complicated, it's just hard to follow for people who want to target fish out of season.

The lure doesn't matter. Throwing a five of diamonds near bass beds in mid-May is not fishing for northern pike. It's fishing for bass.

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As long as you have a reasonable explaination for your choice of baits, you would be legal in your example. "I'm fishing for walleyes along the weed line" for example. Of course you may catch a bass with the same tactics. But if you were throwing a top water buzz bait in the same place, you might get ticketed since people don't normally use top water buzz baits for walleyes.

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The lure doesn't matter. Throwing a five of diamonds near bass beds in mid-May is not fishing for northern pike. It's fishing for bass....

Uhhhmmmmm.... No... I think that is called pike fishing? Spooning pike in the shallows is a common and very effective method for mid-May until June. If you catch a bass here or there that is incodental. Now if that person is tossing a spinnerbait, then there is an issue at hand.

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Originally Posted By: tom_w
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The lure doesn't matter. Throwing a five of diamonds near bass beds in mid-May is not fishing for northern pike. It's fishing for bass....

Uhhhmmmmm.... No... I think that is called pike fishing?

Yeah, I wasn't clear. I was trying to illustrate that bass fishing is bass fishing even if using what would be considered a northern pike lure.

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No, it is not legal to target fish that are out of season. From page 8 of the 2008 DNR regulations booklet:

• You may not intentionally fish for any species during its closed season.

As i read the book the key word is "intentionally". This gives the DNR a wide range of interpratation. I'd play it safe---it's not worth a ticket.............

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Ok some how here I am being miss understood, I see I didnt post it the best, since I misspelled illegal. Sorry if I made it confusing.

My intention was/is to state, it is illegal to fish for a species out of season.

As in, against the law, not legal, illegal, dont do it or you will get a ticket wink . We are all on the same page smile

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