Bottom trolling with Live eels on new regulations

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Hey all,


Question, heading out for the first eeling trip of the summer tomorrow.  I have a question on the new circle hook regulations...


It says...


  1. Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks when live-lining or chumming.
  2. Anglers must use non-offset circle hooks or "J" hooks when using fish, crabs or worms as bait or when using processed baits while not live-lining or chumming (treble hooks are prohibited).


Is trolling a live eel with a weighted rig considered "live-lining"?  If so how? 


We have always used 2 J hooks rigged on a live eel (1 at the head and 1mid body) when trolling snd never gutted a fish let alone hooked any under 19 inches... 




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We used Circle hooks with no problem today and all fish hooked in the mouth.  


DNR relied to my email and confirmed must use circke hooks on ALL live bait no matter method. Here is email...


Hi Adam, Keith is correct, trolling with live eels is considered another form of live-lining, and you have to use an inline, non-offset circle hook. This is basically just slow trolling and bottom bouncing/dragging a live bait. 

If you are trolling with ARTIFICIAL lures, such as "hoses" (surgical tube lures), bucktails, plastic shads, swimming plugs, or umbrella rigs, then you may use a J-hook.

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