Last spring I asked the DNR about the alewife rigs since I was planing on using one to catch some bait. The rig I'm talking about is the sabiki rig that comes out of the package with 5 or 6 hooks. The warden at the launch in Racine harbor said that even that rig was only allowed to have 3 hooks, so the excess hooks would have to be cut off. Another warden that I asked said that the rig is fine out of the package and was legal to use as is since it was 1 rig. The point here is that each warden can interpret the regs differently, and any grey area should be avoided.
The way I have always personally fished is 3 lines each with one hook or lure. So, when I'm down at the harbor, or even the dam on my local river fishing, I'll have 2 lines each with a hook and then be casting with the 3rd line which will contain either a spoon or a crankbait. The dnr has defined a lure as a hook, so I'm safe doing it that way.
Anyways, I'll probably be out there Sunday, trying to decide if I want to cast off the wall or take the boat out and maybe do a little trolling. Are the steelies staged up in the harbor yet, or are we just seeing the early fish? I have a 2 hour drive to get out there, just want to make sure the drive is worth it.
[This post was last edited on 3/26/15 at 5:43 PM]