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Canadian Bait Fish Laws

If you’re fishing near the borders between United States and Canada you better be careful. Canadian conservation officers are really starting to enforce an old law that might cost you several hundred dollars in fines. This is all being done to stop the spread of the fish virus: viral hemorrhagic septicemia. One angler that has been fishing for many nears near the border in Lake St. Clair has come forth, the angler Michale Buchman has said the officers are singling out fisherman. He stated, “This has nothing to do with the fish.” A lot of other anglers are reporting to the Department of Natural Resources stating these rules are totally unfair and impractical.

One of the rules prohibit the use of bait fish from or purchased in the United States to be used in Canadian waters. I can’t imagine how many fisherman have been caught so far, but I bet it’s a lot!


Here’s a rundown on Michigan’s rules, bookmark or link to this page for a reference. Rules may be different in your own state.

  • Anglers must keep the receipts for their bait with them to demonstrate whether it is certified as free of viral hemorrhagic septicemia or uncertified.
  • Certified bait can be used anywhere.
  • Uncertified bait taken from positive waters can be used only in VHS-positive regions.
  • Uncertified bait taken from surveillance waters can be used only in surveillance or positive regions.
  • Uncertified bait taken from negative waters can be used in all regions, but only for three days after the time of purchase to prevent its being transported over long distances.
  • Canada prohibits bait captured or purchased in the U.S. from being taken over the border.