Bait Regulations in AIS Control Zones

CHANGES TO BAIT REGULATIONS IN AIS CONTROL ZONES

The Province of Manitoba is conducting a review of their Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations as part of its overall strategic plan.  As part of that review, and based on concerns by anglers regarding the use and disposal of frozen bait in AIS control zones, the province recently provided the following clarification –  “Commercially supplied dead bait that has not come into contact with water from a waterbody in an AIS Control Zone can be retained by anglers for future use. All live bait possessed in an AIS Control Zone must still be disposed in the trash before leaving the shore, as must any dead bait that has been handled (i.e. hooked) or come into contact with surface water from the lake.” MLOA members who offer guided angling in AIS control zones and who have comments or concerns on this or other aspects of AIS regulations are encouraged to send comments to the fisheries branch at fish@gov.mb.ca as soon as possible so your concerns can be incorporated into the 5-year AIS regulation review.