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Thread: Legal lead fishing sinker size?

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    Talking Legal lead fishing sinker size?

    As the title refers too. Not lead bullets I know. But since itís lead casting and thereís at least someone who knows if there is a illegal fishing sinker size that I canít cast to use? Is there such a size restriction for lead sinkers that I canít use? Donít want to get a bug fat ticket for it. Anyone who knows feel free to chime in.

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    That's more of a question for your state Game Warden.

    Our regulations are all spelled out in the book ya get when you buy a hunting or fishing license,
    but if ya give them a call, they'll usually answer your questions right off the top of their head.
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    Well I know there ar 12 to 16 oz Halabiut jigs so I’m going to say there is not it’s the limit of what your gear and yourself will handle 4 to 8 oz work good for salmon on the coast and also great for casting

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    Mn and ND have no size restrictions. Exception might be for snagging paddlefish.

    Mpstly I cast 1/2 oz with a few smaller and larger.

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    I'd suggest the main relevance for the answer to your question is your location. I would either Google, or make a telephone call, to the authority (the Department of Environmental Conservation -- DEC -- is it, in my -- New York, state) governing such to find if any lead laws are in your area.
    In New York State, I believe one may use any lead sinkers of any size/weight. But, it is most illegal to sell any which are less than one-half ounce in weight. It is professed that the thirty percent reduction of loon population had been caused by their lead ingestion; similarly -- a lead ban in shotshells for bird hunting -- was enacted due to eagles dying from their eating left carcasses with lead shot in them.
    However -- I have many Do-It brand sinker, jig, and shot moulds -- and legally may cast and use whatever I wish throughout the state with no restrictions whatever. Again, those in 1/2 oz. or less may not be purveyed.
    Re your fear of a ticket -- my guess would be a shop selling <1/2 oz lead sinkers would be much more prone to be cited than a fisher at a river-bank or water craft.
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    In New Hampshire and on the Great Lakes they use cannon ball size sinkers to get the lure/bait down deep enough. Lake trout are at the bottom in the summer. New York bounds lake Erie doesn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Smith View Post
    In New Hampshire and on the Great Lakes they use cannon ball size sinkers to get the lure/bait down deep enough. Lake trout are at the bottom in the summer. New York bounds lake Erie doesn't it?
    As a died-in-the-wool lake trout seeker, we do indeed use lead weights to get to the bottom -- e.g., I generally fish from shallow 48' down to about 80' down -- right on the bottom. A "release" is attached to the wire attached to the 6 to 8 pound weight, to which is clicked in the fishing line with lure. When a fish chomps the lure, the release is tripped, and the lucky angler gets to (hopefully) bring up the laker.
    The eastern most Great Lake is Lake Ontario, with its overflow running via the St. Lawrence River thru to Montreal, PQ, Canada -- and then to the Atlantic. The west end of Ontario connects vis Niagara Falls (and the Welland Canal for ship transit) into Lake Erie, just a few kilometers from Buffalo, NY. I've fished both for salmon and trout in Lake Ontario -- never (yet) in Lake Eerie.
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    Thinking that lead fishing gear of any type is prohibited on federal lands, thank Obummer. I know that the ponds on the military bases and wildlife refuges here in eastern VA prohibit all/any lead fishing gear.
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    I too believe a lot of states have banned lead fishing weights and lures also. I saved my zink weights to make jig heads and sinkers the only lead sinkers I cast were split shots. I would contact your states DNR or the state your fishing in with the question, get the answer right from the source

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    NH lead fishing weights or jig min is 1 ounce. Below that no lead at all.

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    Thanks for all the feedbacks folks. I’ll give them a call to clarify things.

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    In the state of Louisiana there are no restrictions on the use or size of lead fishing sinkers ...yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by gwpercle View Post
    In the state of Louisiana there are no restrictions on the use or size of lead fishing sinkers ...yet

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    I live in Oklahoma.

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    Okie land is Free America. I highly doubt you have any restrictions on size.
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    Call your game warden beside look at the laws of your state. Each state have there own laws on it and some have no laws for use of lead sinkers.
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    http://congressionalsportsmen.org/po...ead-sinker-ban
    It's a State by State ban - not all States
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    No restrictions here yet except on certain bodies of water. At one time there anti-sportfishing groups wanted to ban sinkers less than 3 oz. but the ridicule got so intense that they backed down. Everyone wanted to know where the pteradactyls were that could eat a 2 oz cannonball sinker. No bad idea ever dies in a legislature.

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    Not only call your game warden but get to know them. They’re regular people and enjoy contact with good guys. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know several as a Hunter Ed instructor.
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