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Approved On: April 25, 2019
Effective On: April 25, 2019

It is unlawful to release native or non-native aquatic wildlife, including their eggs, into the waters of the state without the written permission of the Commission.


  1. Aquatic species may be released back into the waters from which they were taken.
  2. A person may, while fishing in waters of the state, use baitfish as bait in compliance with Code 26.18.
  3. A person who has obtained a valid Trout Stocking Permit from the Commission Chief of Fisheries (Addendum V1.01) may release trout and trout eggs into waters of the state in compliance with the terms of the permit.
  4. No permit is required for stockings of trout and trout eggs into public waters as part of an officially coordinated project of the Commission with written authorization from the Chief of Fisheries.

PENALTY: Class 2

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