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Thread: Creel limit confusion!

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    Default Creel limit confusion!

    In Illinois, according to the the law, creel limits are a number (say 10 for example), but right after this number it says "either singly or in aggregate". This statement appears after every creel limit for every species in the book. I always fish with a partner, so if the creel limit on a given species is 10, does that mean we can have only 10 in the boat regardless of how many people are present? Or does that mean 10 per person? That whole "or in aggregate" clause has me confused! Any help would be appreciated!

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    I think "in aggregate" means that the creel limit is say 10 crappies total, not 10 white crappies and 10 black crappies or if it is 3 bass, it is not 3 smallmouth and3 largemouth, just 3 bass total.

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    Ah! Never thought of the whole subspecies thing! So if 2 guys are in a boat, and the creel limit is 10, that means i can have 20 in the livewell? Not that this was an issue last weekend, i spent 10 hours on Rend Lake and boated 2 fish! Awful fishing, luckily one of the fish was a 5 pound bass! Tough to land on an ultralight!

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    Limits must be kept separate. If there are 2 guys and you have all 20 in 1 livewell or bucket you can still get a ticket.
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    My husband and I were fishing on a Missouri conservation lake last summer and did not have our fish separated. We received a ticket. Even though we were not over the total creel limit, we still were in trouble for not having separate baskets or livewells or marking each fish. The ticket was around $100

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    Is this for real? I only have one livewell. so I can only keep a one person limit in it even I have 3 licensed fisherman in boat.

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    Yes this is real. I have had several run in's with conservation on Carlyle Lake and I do have a seperated live well, but sometimes there may be three of use or sometimes we throw them in a cooler. The easiest way to eliminate this concern is to buy a hole punch at walmart and have one person simply punch a hole in the tail so that the fish may be distinguished, and the other person leave theirs intact. That way the fish each person has caught are easy to distinguish. It is a slight pain in the a@#, but saves trouble if asked.

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    You can keep them on a separate stringer, put a safety pin in there mouth, punch a hole in there tale, put them in a separate bucket, anything to distinguish one persons fish from another. They will give you a ticket even if you arnt over the limit. And saying you didn't know wont save you.
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    We always put ours in buckets, makes it easier
    can't catch'em at home

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    Good information to know! I have fished Illinois all my life and did not know that fish had to be seperated...

    I can tell you that Missouri DNR will write you in a heartbeat if your fish are not seperated... They also are very very strict about culling fish... If a fish hits your livewell it stays there... Pleading ignorance will only get you more tickets! Good Luck! :D
    Doing my part to control the crappie population!

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