The dimensions and specifications for seines provided in this section shall apply except as otherwise provided by division rule.
Carp, buffalo fish, suckers, sheepshead, goldfish, bowfin, and gizzard shad may be taken with a seine only in the bays, marshes, estuaries, or inlets bordering upon, flowing into, or in any manner connected with Lake Erie, except in any of these waters that are in the Lake Erie fishing district where they may be taken with other nets as provided in this chapter and Chapter 1531. of the Revised Code. The meshes of one-third of each wing of such a seine, next to the brails, shall measure not less than five inches stretched mesh, and the meshes of the next one-third of each wing shall measure not less than four and one-half inches stretched mesh. The balance of the seine shall measure not less than four inches stretched mesh. All measurements shall be made on the bar as provided in section 1533.52 of the Revised Code. Such fish may be taken only with the seine prescribed in this section in the Ottawa river, no farther up than the Ann Arbor bridge; in the Maumee river, no farther up than the Toledo Cherry street bridge; in the Portage river and in Portage bay, no farther up than one-half mile west of the junction of the Portage and Little Portage rivers; in the Sandusky river, no farther up than an imaginary line running from the west point of Squaw island straight across Sandusky river to Teal Pond Point, thence straight south to the mainland; in Mud creek and in Mud creek bay, no farther up than an imaginary line running straight across Mud creek at a right angle with the course of the stream one-half mile west of the Mud Creek bridge on Port Clinton road; and in the Lacarpe creek, Little Portage river, Tousaint river, Turtle creek, Crane Creek, and Ward's canal, no farther up than the water level of Lake Erie extends in these streams. No person shall set and leave stationary a seine, net, or other device that will tend to interfere with the free movement of fish into or out of the mouth of any stream flowing into or in any manner connected with Lake Erie, wherein fishing with nets is permitted by law, or up or down any section of such streams. In the Lake Erie fishing district, a smaller mesh may be used in the bag of a seine, but such a small mesh bag shall not exceed three hundred fifty feet in length, of which two hundred feet shall be made of twine with meshes not less than three inches stretched mesh, fishing measure, measured on the bar as provided in section 1533.52 of the Revised Code.
No seine shall be used in fishing or had in possession in this state of a greater length than three hundred rods.
This section does not permit the use of any net in any stream flowing into Lake Erie east of the mouth of Sandusky bay, except a minnow net as provided in section 1533.57 of the Revised Code.
No person shall draw, set, place, locate, or maintain any net or seine except a minnow net in that portion of Sandusky bay or Lake Erie lying within the area starting at the northeast end of the Cedar Point jetty, thence on a line drawn straight from the northeast end of Cedar Point jetty to Shafer's dock on Marblehead, thence to the western extremity of Johnson's island, thence to the loading dock of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and back to the point of origin.
No person shall draw, set, place, locate, or maintain any net except a minnow net in that portion of Sandusky bay lying between Cedar Point and the mainland and east of an imaginary line running straight across Sandusky bay from the extreme west point of Cedar Point to the Baltimore and Ohio elevator dock.
No person shall fail to comply with any provisions of this section or division rule adopted pursuant thereto.
Effective Date: 10-20-1994; 2007 SB77 10-10-2007 .