THE QUIRKY SIDE OF FISHING LAWS
Written by gary lacey on September 09, 2020
Laws are laws for a reason, right? While many of you actively stay up to date with angling regulations, we felt it was worth looking into special laws and permits for all our states, since we have Vibe Tribe members everywhere. While there are grey areas that vary state to state, we were surprised by what we found. Highlighted below are the ones that may not be on your radar - we have to look out for our Tribe after all. Enjoy!
Please Don’t Lasso the Fish
In California, it is against the law to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.
Speaking of whales (why are we speaking of whales?), in Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah - none of which touch the ocean - it is illegal to go whale fishing. Let’s just agree to stay away from whales, shall we?
Please don’t fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck if you’re in Chicago, a camel’s back if you’re in Idaho and on horseback in Washington, D.C. In Kentucky, it is illegal to fish with a bow and arrow, and a lasso in Tennessee.
In Indiana and Kansas, you may not catch fish with bare hands (although in Kansas you can get a hand-fishing license for an extra $27.50). Pennsylvania ups the ante with adding dynamite to the list as well as forbidding folks from catching a fish with their mouths. Say what? If you do decide that mouth fishing is the only way you can properly catch a fish in PA, then expect a $100 fine. Also, try not to throw rocks at fish in the state of Washington.
Although no doubt comfortable, it’s illegal to fish in your pajamas while in Chicago.
In Montana, it is illegal for married women to go fishing alone on Sundays, and illegal for unmarried women to fish alone at all.
Drinking With Fish
This should go without saying, but please don’t get a fish drunk - especially in Ohio. Also, if you decide to take a fish on a bus in Oklahoma, it’s illegal to have them in a fishbowl. The law doesn’t say anything about a Vibe cooler though!
Try to refrain from frightening fish in New York State. The law specifically says that anglers can’t intentionally and overtly scare fish with their actions, such as jumping into the water near them. Jump elsewhere please. Chasing fish in a city park is also against the law in Louisiana.
You Knit a Fish Sweater?
We would love to hear how this became a crime, but in case you’re wondering, in Muncie, Indiana it’s a crime to carry fishing tackle into a cemetery.
We’re sure your friends won’t tell, but in New Jersey, it is against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season. Which is pretty much year-round, so essentially, no knitting if you’re a man.
What happens in Sarasota, FL stays there. Unless you get caught catching crabs. That’s illegal. Who knew?
And it is illegal in Vermont to whistle underwater. Although, if you can, and you’re not in Vermont – please send videos.
Any that we missed? Or any fun stories on any of the above that you can share?
Add to the comments if so, and give us all a good laugh!
Tight lines and stay legal.