The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is considering presenting a proposal to the 2013 legislature which would change Iowa code related to re-defining the definition of bait and to limit an angler when trolling and bait casting to one hook on each of the trolling spoons or artificial baits when used on one line.
The proposal to re-define the definition of bait would specifically identify what types of bait an angler may use. Included in this definition is a clear recognition of what live fish may be used as bait. The proposed definition will continue to allow anglers to use the baits that are now most commonly used. According to the proposed definition an angler would no longer be allow to use any live fish that is not listed as bait.
Inconsistency was found in Iowa code language in determining the legality of the Alabama rig, also known as an Umbrella rig. The proposal to limit an angler when trolling and bait casting to one hook on each of the trolling spoons or artificial baits when used on one line will correct the inconsistency in code and clearly make the Alabama rig illegal. One hook includes all hooks that are attached as a part of an artificial bait or lure.
The DNR will be accepting comments on the proposal until July 31, 2012. Three meetings have been scheduled to obtain public comment. Written comments can be sent to Martin Konrad, Iowa DNR Fisheries Bureau, Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0034, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 515-281-6794. Persons who wish to convey their views orally should contact the Fisheries Bureau at 515-281-6976 or at the Bureau offices on the fourth floor of the Wallace State Office Building.
At the public meetings, persons may present their views either orally or in writing. Participants will be asked to give their names and addresses for the record and to confine their remarks to the subject of the amendments.
Any persons who intend to attend the public hearing and have special needs, such as those related to hearing or mobility impairments, should contact the DNR and advise of specific needs.
Comments received during the commenting period will be used by the DNR to determine if this proposal should be presented to the 2013 legislature.
–Press release from Iowa DNR