A Perfect Dipnet is not legal for bait in Michigan. The net has sides.
It is legal to land fish that you hooked.
I believe a close look is required of the definitions. I think what I call a dip net and the State of Michigan calls a dip net are two different things. Unfortunately I'm unable to find definitions or current statute since all I can find are repealed acts. All of chapter 300 has been repealed (less act 109) with no information on the current statute.
Hey Richard, do you know what's going on?
324.48703 Fishing devices; lines; hooks; tip-up, paddle, or similar device; spear; bow and arrow; hand net; dip net; setover net; trammel net; hoop net.
(5) A dip net without sides or walls and not exceeding 9 feet square may be used in the nontrout rivers and streams and in other rivers and streams or portions of the rivers and streams designated by the department from April 1 to May 31 in the Lower Peninsula and during the month of May in the Upper Peninsula for the purpose of taking suckers, mullet, smelt, carp, dogfish, and garpike. For the purpose of this part, “dip net” means a square net that is constructed from a piece of webbing of heavy twine, hung on heavy cord or a frame so as to be without sides or walls, and suspended from the corners and attached in such a manner that when the net is lifted no part is more than 4 feet below the plane formed by the imaginary lines connecting the corners from which the net is suspended. As used in fishing, it shall be lowered and raised vertically as nearly as possible.
(6) A person desiring to fish with a dip net shall first obtain a permit from the department. A dip net shall not be erected or fished within 100 feet of a dam. The name and address of the person setting, using, or having control over the dip net equipment, including frame, boom, supporting members, and temporary buildings, shall be plainly marked in legible English on the dip net equipment or securely fastened to it by a plate or tag. Dip net equipment and a temporary building erected and used pursuant to this subsection that are located on public land or the land of another person shall be removed prior to June 10 of each year unless maintained with proper permission of the landowner. This subsection does not authorize the erection or fishing of a dip net on the land or premises of another person without proper permission from the landowner.
Below indicates that dip nets are indeed legal for minnow capture for personal use (but this is just a snippet of regulation. A full read is required to get a grasp on what is and is not legal in the state of Michigan).
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