I edited the fish regs for length, tried to highlite the points I want to make, unfortunately the tool bar for this forum hates me, designed for smart people, it don't obey my.
Basically the big one is at the bottom - NO transportation of live fish except the nine species listed as bait.
So how do the tropical keepers get their fish home from the store??????
The bait list is curious as well. Native pumpkinseeds are bait but bluegill aren't???? There is no standing and few moving bodies of water without large bluegill populations. That cow got out of the barn decades ago. Why close the door now? I say use 'em to get rid of 'em.
The glaring oddity is the inclusion of fathead minnow. First, they are rarely if ever offered for sale here, second, they have not yet invaded the bulk of the state. Why encourage that????
Unfortunately, many anglers are gonna ignore these regs [especially the "no littering" reg]. And obviously the hundreds of thousands of goldfish and tropical keepers have no clue about these regs and will never, ever be asked to obey them.
I have a real problem with laws don't make sense, especially unenforceable laws that dilute the power of all laws by encouraging scofflaw behavior. As I read this, even little kid who brings home a goldfish from the pet shop is a scofflaw.
"Bait It is unlawful to take baitfish for the purpose of sale from the inland waters of the Commonwealth. Individuals trapping fish for personal use as baitfish may use only one trap.
- Baitfish may be taken by licensed anglers at any time for personal use by all lawful methods, including a rectangular net not exceeding 36 square feet of net area or by a hoop or circular net not exceeding 6 feet in diameter or with a fish trap with openings not exceeding one inch. Nets designed to gill fish are prohibited. The following species may be taken for personal use as bait by licensed anglers. Only the fish species listed below may be used as bait, live or dead.
- Possession of: Sturgeon (all species), American Brook Lamprey, Atlantic (sea-run) Salmon, Bridle Shiner, Burbot, Eastern Silvery Minnow, Lake Chub, Longnose Sucker, and Northern Redbelly Dace is illegal! If caught, release immediately. This means remove hook or cut line and return fish to water immediately — do not pose for photographs, place on a stringer, hold in a net, or delay in any way the immediate return and release of the fish to the water.
- Releasing fish or spawn into inland waters, except by permit.
- Transporting live fish (except bait for personal use) without a permit.
- Jug, toggle, or trot line fishing.
- Poisons, explosives
- Littering in inland waters."