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Trot lines at the Bend

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A while back I saw a report with some catfish caught on trot-lines at Toledo Bend. Im going at the end of march and was interested it maybe putting out some lines while I fish. Anyone ever done this or have any tips for me?
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   eman(R)
peka ,
haven't done it in the last few years, but we used to catch some MONSTER flathead and blue cats on stump lines baited w/ hand size bluegill. we used lines w/ a piece of innertube about 8 " long tied in the middle of the line .
some of the fish we catch would straighten hooks or break the line if you dont use this method.
if you decide to use bluegill they must be caught on hook and line ( no nets ) as they are gamefish.
good reason to take wife and kids , to catch bait
good luck and pile em up Bob
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   frozard
I HAVE BEEN FISHING TOLEDO BEND WITH TROT LINES FOR TEM YEARS.THE BEST BAIT YEAR ROUND IS SMALL LIVE BREAM. THEY CAN BE CAUGHT IN TRAPS WITH OPENINGS 3" or LESS. IT'S TOUGH TO CATCH BREAM DURING WINTER MONTHS,IF YOU HAVE ANY DEER LIVER IT WORKS GREAT.
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   Deltabuck
there is nothing illegal about using bream for bait.
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   eman(R)
i tried to contact ldwf today to check on the issue of using bream , i had a game warden in the field tell me it was ok to use them but that you CAN NOT catch them in traps or nets because they are game fish. he gave me a number to call and the person at that ext. was not in so i will try again mon to verify what i was told
tight lines , Bob
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I copied this from the recreational fishing pamphlet on line at the LDWF website.

"Bream (Lepomis spp.) may not be taken as bait for sportfishing purposes in any form of trap except at Toledo
Bend Reservoir, where a minnow trap not exceeding 24 inches in length and having a throat no larger than 1 inch by
3 inches may be used to take bream for non commercial bait purposes."

If catching bream for bait anywhere else but Toledo Bend you can only use legal fishing methods. Cane pole, rod and reel, etc.
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