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    First off, is it legal? I can't seem to find much that says yes or no either way in the trapping regs or fishing regs.

    Second would it make decent bait for ermine, mink or martin?

    Thanks for you input in advance!

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    I'm assuming the hooligan was harvested under personal use fishery regulations and thus you are harvesting those fish with a sport fishing license. On page 12 of the trapping regulations there is a section on bait for trapping. In that section there is a bullet point that states that the head, tail, fins, and viscera of fish taken with a sport fishing license may be used as bait for trapping furbearers. So it appears that you can used the guts/heads/tails etc, but not the edible flesh of a hooligan for trapping bait.


    Look it up and see if you agree and if you still have questions, start making some phone calls to ADF&G or the Troopers.

    I think they'd probably be decent bait since they're so oily/fishy. Mink would probably go for them. I've had decent success catching mink using leftover herring from halibut fishing. Hope that helps.

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    It is legal to use smelt aka hooligan as bait for fishing. Read "Use of sport caught fish as bait" on page 4. It states they may be used for other purposes. As for trapping I don't know why they wouldn't be allowed for use but I would suggest a phone call to ADF&G.

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    Thanks, I'll call ADFG, I just figured someone else might have been using it already.

    Its so much more effort to pick up a phone and push buttons than to push buttons on my computer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBighorn View Post
    It is legal to use smelt aka hooligan as bait for fishing. Read "Use of sport caught fish as bait" on page 4. It states they may be used for other purposes. As for trapping I don't know why they wouldn't be allowed for use but I would suggest a phone call to ADF&G.
    I thought hooligan were considered personal use vs. sport caught.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frostbitten View Post
    I thought hooligan were considered personal use vs. sport caught.
    Hooligan are a personal use fish if caught by an Alaskan resident and using personal use gear (a net). If you caught them on some kind of rod and reel setup you would fall under sportfishing.
    As far as I know personal use hooligan are 100% legal as bait and we use them for fishing bait all the time, In summer we use them for halibut and crab bait and in the winter we catch pike on them through the ice.
    I do not see why they would also not be useable as trapping bait. They can be used for many other purposes including feeding your dog so why would trapping bait not be allowed?
    Personally I would use them as trapping bait and they should work good for you as oily as they are.
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    Thanks, I'm going to call and report back, just been super busy at work!

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    Well the fella that answered the phone in the Anchorage ADG&G office called me back today and said hooligan is indeed legal trapping bait, good thing because not much of mine was used for fish bait this year!

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