You can believe it. Just keep a copy with you to avoid confusion with the occasional young deputy who thinks you can only have 3 rods in the boat. Some counties give water patrol only to the lowest ranking rookies...
I did talk to 2 CO's at one of the fishing shows that didn't know much at all about the season. That was kind of surprising. There are a lot of rules and regs though...
True Mini,I don't mean to split hairs,but I have never heard so much talk about the D.N.R. giving you so much trouble for getting out on the lakes early,I have not experienced it myself but I didn't want to go out on some of these lakes that are not reconized as early fishing lakes(spawn-pre-spawn) and get a ticket for lures that are commonly known as bass lures.....say like crank baits or lizards and the such,sorry didn't mean to be a pain in the arse.
Come down to ohio and fish all the inland lakes you want ! I was at indian lake this weekend and it rocked ,Largemouth hitting white spinnerbait around Pony island.Everyone is gearing up for a big crappie tournament next weekend..
I've been out a couple times fishing for "Crappie" and "Rock Bass" . I was targeting those species with spinnerbaits and tubes. But for some reason, LM bass bit also. However, since I let them all go nothng CO can do unless you admit it.
I've caught Rock bass in Gull Lake on west side of state that will eat a 5" Bass Assasin with 4/0 EWG hook (no lie). So unless you admit it or have possession of bass not much they can prove. Also, once pike season opens up, it's all fair game.
But I did hear they were giving tickets out on LSC to guys fishing tubes between Memorial Day and the opener.
Go fishing cause they are biting, friends of mine took 40 yesterday with Poiinter 78's and I got a few yesterday on grubs.
Hey guys, better yet, take a few minutes from your fishing time and help me change the regs so there are more options for early bass fishing. Keep checking my new biology section of my website for more information as I post it on this topic from studies and other sources, not just my own head.
Things will start moving again a little later this year and by fall, there'll be a few chores we can all help with. I'll keep you informed, whether you support it or not, of what is happening so you can have a choice to be involved or not either way.
There's tons of good fishing starting up right now for all different kinds of fish. Good luck.