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515 ILCS 5/10-140
(515 ILCS 5/10-140)
(from Ch. 56, par. 10-140)
Dip nets, casting nets, and shad scoops.
(a) Any individual possessing a valid sport fishing
license may use a dip net, casting net, or shad scoop to take certain species. The taking of aquatic life with a dip net, casting net, or shad scoop shall not be
permitted within 100 feet of the base of any dam.
(b) Dip nets may be used to take carp, buffalo, carpsuckers, or shad for personal consumption.
(c) Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus), grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), and silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) may be taken with a casting net or shad scoop and used for bait on the body of water where they are collected if they are killed immediately.
(d) Mooneye (Hiodon tergisus), goldeye (Hiodon alosoides), skipjack herring (Alosa chrysochloris), carp (other than bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus), grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), and silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)), and any other fish listed in Section 10-110 of this Code may be taken with a casting net or shad scoop and used for live or dead bait on the body of water where they are collected.
(e) All casting nets shall not be (1) larger than 24 feet in diameter or (2) of a mesh larger than 1 inch bar measurement. All shad scoops shall not be (1) larger than 30 inches in diameter, (2) of a mesh not larger than 1/2 inch bar measurement, or (3) longer than 4 feet in length.
(f) Fish taken by means listed in this Section
shall not be sold or bartered. Except as otherwise
provided by law, the taking of game fish by dip net without a commercial
license shall be a petty offense punishable by a minimum fine of $100, plus
confiscation of illegally used equipment under Article 1 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 102-837, eff. 5-13-22.)