Just to clear it all up. this is the deal.
Any person who has a fishing license or is entitled to fish without a license may collect baitfish for personal use (sale prohibited) as specified in the following table. Fish taken may be used only for bait in hook-and-line fishing. These are the only circumstances where the use of seines, traps, cast nets, and gill nets are permitted unless a commercial license has been obtained. Possession of endangered or threatened fish species is prohibited.
Sunrise to sunset Seine or scap net
maximum size 36 square feet All non-trout waters
Minnows, killifish, mudminnows, darters, sticklebacks, stonecats, smelt, alewives, suckers,
and blueback herring are the only fish that may be taken.*
Amended March 13, 2008
Alewives and Blueback Herring
Alewives and blueback herring may be taken in a dip net
not exceeding 14 inches in diameter, or 13 x 13 inches if square.
K - thx hung.