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    We have certain bodies of water where the use of minnows/live fish bait is illegal,and others where anything goes.In all our lakes it is illegal to gut/ fillet aquatic life and discard the parts into the body of water,but some of those same waters I'm allowed to use cut and live bait including guts and eyes ........Go figure!

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    Thanks again, Guys.

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    A whole crappie fillet from a 9" crappie catches BIG blues here....and it's legal.
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    Talked to a game warden the other day about using my crappie heads for bait. I clean my crappie and save the heads for blue catfish bait. He said that legally I could use crappie for bait as long as they were caught on a hook and line and were legal size. That being said he said that legally I would need the whole crappie there to prove it was legal size. Doesn't make much sense. I can use them for bait, but if I cut them up I can't prove they were 8 inches. Guess you are supposed to put that whole 10 inch crappie on the hook. Now he also said that if he stopped me he could probably tell from the size of the heads that they were legal, but if another warden wanted to be a butt, he could write a ticket if the rest of the crappie was not there. I am still using heads. Hopefully if I get checked it will be by one of the many fair and level headed wardens that support those of us that try to do things the right way.

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    Yeah, they call that a trap, and you have been duly warned. Just think, the game warden is not going to lose his job over some crappie heads. He gets paid to make sure other people's heads roll . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by funbun View Post
    Yeah, they call that a trap, and you have been duly warned. Just think, the game warden is not going to lose his job over some crappie heads. He gets paid to make sure other people's heads roll . . .
    Same regulations in Oklahoma. You can use crappie remains as long as they were caught on a rod and reel. Heads are good but the rib cages are great

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    Tell me about using the rib cages Tim. Do you use them with the entrails or just clean. I’ve never thought to use those but have used heads several times with good success.

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    Caught this nice one last weekend on a huge crappie head.
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    He was 35 lbs. biggest so far for my brother in law.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crappie ciller View Post
    Tell me about using the rib cages Tim. Do you use them with the entrails or just clean. I’ve never thought to use those but have used heads several times with good success.
    I always cut through the rib cages when I fillet my crappie so after I fillet it off a side I just cut trim the remaining rib cage off the fillet and keep them in a zip lock bag if i'm planning on catfishing. Deadly especially in the fall and winter.
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