Saw this on www.newenglandshad.com.
As it came from Caleb Slater of the Mass DFW and is presumably the authoritative word, I thought it would be of interest, especially to Connecticut River anglers fishing for stripers:
Re : Herring for bait By : Caleb Slater
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted : 18-Mar-03 at 04:03 PM
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I work for MA DFW and here is the scoop on herring.
Our regulations define legal LIVE baitfish- That's the list in the abstracts. Herring are not on that list so they may not be used as LIVE bait in freshwater.
As the laws are now you may use ANY fish as DEAD bait (herring, shad, mackerel, or trout if you like).
We are thinking about changing these laws to:
1) Include herring as a permited baitfish.
2) Define baitfish as LIVE OR DEAD fish only as listed. This would stop people from using gamefish (like shad) as striper bait.
If we go this route there will be public hearings this summer- I'll post the dates and locations here- we are trying to make this easier for you guys.
CT has prohibited the capture, but not the use of herring in CT- so if you have herring in CT you better have a reciept, or a good excuse (like you caught them in MA- but you will need a permit to import LIVE fish...)
Hope this helps.