I would love to keep a largemouth or smallmouth bass in a home aquarium. I was wondering if there is some type of permit I would be able to get in order to make this possible.
Is there a list of fish I am allowed to keep in a aquarium?
Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:45 PM
Check your local fishing regulations. If there is no "season" on bass, then you should be able to keep one in a tank.
But I have to recommend against it. Bass get big and territorial, and basically have to be kept alone in a very large tank. Furthermore, they are largely inactive. It is not nearly as much fun as you think it might be.
Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:55 AM
I know that NY has fairly strict regulations on native fish.
I'll agree with Michael here. Largemouth & Smallmouth will get too big to ethically keep in an aquarium, unless you have a pond not connected to a local water supply to put it in once it gets too big to keep. There are some smaller bass species you could keep.
Now, as someone who has a keep-able bass species, M. Coosae. I will say that I do enjoy the fish, however, he's only active when there's food in the tank. Also, because he's so aggressive, I cannot keep any other fish with him which is kinda a bore.
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Posted 27 February 2016 - 09:28 PM
I have a empty 250 gallon tank which should be fine for a largemouth or smallmouth. I just don't want to do it if its illegal.
Posted 05 March 2016 - 02:55 PM
250 is much too small for these fish. I'm putting the finishing touches on an 800 gallon and debating whether it's big enough to keep one.
I disagree about their interest though. I had a baby smallmouth once and it was one of my favorite fish I've ever kept.
Most states seem to "allow" you to keep them, but have a curious law requiring you to stab your pet in the face with a fish hook before you can take it home. The bigger question is why we continue to put up with these politicians.
Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:29 AM
It is generally considered illegal in New York to keep native species, even if they originate outside the state. One notable exception is rosy reds/fathead minnows purchased at your local pet shop. The various species sold as bait would probably be okay, as long as they were purchased from a bait shop and you kept the certificate that they give you upon purchase. All other New York native species would be illegal to keep:
Since you live in Oswego, which is in the "Lower Niagara River/Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River Overland Transportation Corridor", you MAY be able to get away with collecting certain baitfish within that corridor (or buying them from a dealer) and keeping them in your tank. I'm not sure if that would apply to game species, but I can't find any regulations specifying whether fish need to be alive or deceased upon leaving their water of origin. You could potentially claim your aquarium is a fancy livewell. At any rate it would be unwise to try to keep any native fish without contacting your regional fish manager and asking them for their input or blessing. I can't say that I've ever heard of anyone getting a permit without having at least a semi-legitimate educational/research purpose, however you may not need one.
Oswego is in DEC Region 7. If you want to contact their fisheries department, here is their email: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Eric C. Maxwell
DEC Rare Fish Unit, Watertown, NY
Posted 29 April 2016 - 04:19 PM
There are lots of misconceptions going on and I wanted to clear them up.
Edited by PerchKeeper, 29 April 2016 - 04:22 PM.
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