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Legal Bait #13632809 07/16/20 02:56 PM
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I’m sure this has been brought up a 1000 times but I’m relatively new to the forum. What is considered a legal bait in Texas? Trying to understand the TPWD website is a bit confusing. It does say you cannot use game fish as bait but there are some weirdly worded sentences that sound like you can use game fish if caught on rod and reel. I’m confused! So if I catch a crappie on rod and reel am I allowed to use it as bait? What if I throw a cast net and catch a non-consider game fish like carp or bluegill. I typically only use shad but would like to know/understand the rules and laws.

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Re: Legal Bait [Re: cvitale] #13632925 07/16/20 04:01 PM
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Any live, whole dead, parts of a carcass of any game fish is illegal to put on a hook no mater how you caught it. Blue gill, carp, buffalo are legal caught in cast net, hook and line, or seined. I think, but not positive about tilapia and fresh water drum are legal.

Re: Legal Bait [Re: cvitale] #13633089 07/16/20 05:51 PM
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Thank you fmrmbmlm!!!

Re: Legal Bait [Re: cvitale] #13633175 07/16/20 07:04 PM
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If there is no size limit AND no bag limit you can use it however you caught it.


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Re: Legal Bait [Re: cvitale] #13633798 07/17/20 12:31 PM
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Is there a bag limit on Yellow Bass

Re: Legal Bait [Re: opus] #13633894 07/17/20 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by opus
Is there a bag limit on Yellow Bass


There is no bag limit or length limit on yellow bass. They are gamefish, so you can not use them as bait.

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We use white bass when we fish Texoma and they out fish Gizzard Shad most trips. I like Oklahoma’s bait regulations in that you can use a gamefish for bait that is obtained legally. Never understood why Texas cares what you do with the fish after it’s caught. What’s the reasoning why you can catch a fish and eat it but you can’t use it for cut bait? A fish removed from the lake is a fish removed from the lake... [Linked Image]
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Texas is psycho when it comes to that stuff. And boat registration and regs.

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Originally Posted by G Love
Texas is psycho when it comes to that stuff. And boat registration and regs.



Sometimes I think it’s all about the revenue....

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Originally Posted by Drycreek3189
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Texas is psycho when it comes to that stuff. And boat registration and regs.



Sometimes I think it’s all about the revenue....


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Re: Legal Bait [Re: jettyrat] #13637332 07/20/20 06:49 PM
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Texas is psycho when it comes to that stuff. And boat registration and regs.



Sometimes I think it’s all about the revenue....


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Re: Legal Bait [Re: Osbornfishing] #13637461 07/20/20 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Osbornfishing
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Is there a bag limit on Yellow Bass


There is no bag limit or length limit on yellow bass. They are gamefish, so you can not use them as bait.

This is a common mistake made by many people. Also cannot catch them in a cast net.

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