A new expanded ruling by the Ohio Department of Agriculture has put the legal kibosh on the use of fresh trout and salmon eggs as bait anywhere south of Interstate 90.
That means it is illegal for anglers stripping trout eggs from steelhead caught from the Vermilion, Rocky, Grand and Chagrin rivers as well as Conneaut Creek to make up spawn sacks utilizing the roe.
Also applicable is a prohibition on the use of eggs obtained elsewhere, such as from brown trout and king salmon caught from the waters of the Niagara River or Lake Ontario.
The effort on the part of the state agricultural department is to contain Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS).
More details in the Tuesday, May 12 outdoors.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn