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fishbalu

I saw a sign noting "no live bait" at access to one of the lakes around Merrit. According to Provincial Regulations, the restriction on live bait is to limit the spread of undesirable and non native species. Can anybody explain if earth worm is treated as a banned bait, and if so, why, considering there is nothing undesirable nor non native about it?
Thanks
ReelWrangler

as far as i know bait is considered any non artificial lure, and includes things like salmon egg oil and smelly jelly. its a fly chucker ploy in my opinion to keep us from catching all their fish in reality i beleive it stems from the fact that most people fishing with bait are keeping what they catch.
fisher 696

Additionally, when fish strike bait, they tend to hit it harder and get hooked deeper. If C&R is the plan then they are often hooked to deep to survive, even if revived.
fishbalu

Thanks you ReelWrangler and fish696 for your explanation. The lake in question is Courtney Lake in which red sided shiners were illegally introduced to the lake some times ago and the biologist had since given up eradicating the shiner.
I caught a 5 pounder with spinner and worm on it last week and noticed the bait restriction sign when I left the lake. Posting of no live bait, I believe, was by the DFO. Feel guilty as hell and not sure if am breaking the law.
ReelWrangler

u learned your lesson, a tip, get some realistic rubber worms and make tippers for that situation. power bait is legal i beleive and it is impregnated with smell. either way without a package they wont bust u with it.
stink finger

are jensen eggs included in the bait category someone told me that when i was fishin the gold river not sure if it is true any ideas
ReelWrangler

jensen eggs/ gooey bobs are free of scent, they are 100% legal. the only reason they came around was in fact for bait restriction rivers. remember its a "Live bait ban" only natural or scented lures are banned.

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