you got that right Dave...
But i bet most guys that read on these message boards about those of us using cast nets to catch our bait...run out to wally world , grab one and set out to catch thier bait NOT knowing fully the regs on them.
I have used a cast net over 12+ yrs now...i have used it all over the state and abroad..EXCEPT where illegal, which if you would read the regs. is ONLY inland lakes, streams, rivers in Ohio..NO cast nets allowed in Erie!
I found at Lee's live bait and tackle(rt665 & rt62) they had an illegal sized net for sale..and didnt know it til i pointed it out to them(i had to show them in the regs. )..it was like 2ft over the size limit(10 ft dia. is the limit or = 5 ft rad. is the limit).
How i found out about the blue gill FINE was when i was fishing the Scioto r. one afternoon waiting til dark to catch flatheads & channel cats...i was in a back water area catching lots of shad in my cast net for channel cats...i was catching them and just dumping them in my 5 gal bucket that was filled with water....i DIDNT know a ranger was eyeing me hard(this was long ago way before anyone else used cast nets) so it was probably the first time he had seen one in use...he walks up and asks what i was catching..i said shad and told him what for...as he stands there talking to me amazed at this net..he happend to spot ONE 3" blue gill that had been with those shad that i dumped in my bucket..now in my defence if i would have seen it i would have throw it back for sure..but there was no way to see it with the 4 dozen shad swimming around just then...well HE spots it and catches it out of my bucket...i explain that when i got back to my spot..i would have found it then..and would have for sure released it..he knew i didnt see that gill until then and wasnt trying to keep it for bait...BUT he began to explain that if i WAS trying to catch blue gills for bait it would be a $65 fine per blue gill(this was atleast 9-10 yrs ago...so its probably a lot higher fine NOW!
Luckly he was nice and just checked my license and went on his way....
The basic regs. are what you find in those small hand out at your sporting goods store..they just cover an over-view..the full detailed regs. can be found at the head ODNR office...i have read through them...there is a lot on them i bet most dont even know about, which isnt thier fault..but all i can say is find out 100% what is LEGAL and ILLEGAL before you head out to catch bait...also KNOW exactly what your catching..some species of fish are protected in local streams like certain Darters, stonecats, madtoms and minnows...also im sure Sculpins are protected too...just make sure you know whats what BEFORE that old ranger / warden stops to see what your doing!!
Now stop and think if a small pan fish like a gill can get ya a $65+ fine...what would a LG bass get ya....OUCH!