Jug Line Regulations

Anchor and Check Jug Lines Daily

Anchored jug lines may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours. The anchor must be sufficient to render a jug immobile so that wind, current or large fish will not move the jug. A line that does not meet this standard is considered unanchored. Under normal fishing conditions, a 2-pound weight for a 2-liter soda bottle would be an appropriate anchor. Use a heavier weight to anchor larger floats or during times of high wind and current.

Label Your Jug Lines

Keeping track of your unanchored jug lines reduces catfish waste and jug-line litter. Unanchored jug lines in streams must be personally attended at all times. Unanchored jug lines in lakes must be personally attended at least once per hour. Anglers who cannot personally attend their jug lines can still enjoy jug fishing by using anchors. Personally attended means that the angler whose name is labeled on the jug line:

  • Is in visual sight of and close proximity to the jug line
  • Can see the jug line bob and move when a fish is hooked and can retrieve it
  • Can see and talk to a conservation agent checking the line
  • Can get the attention of or deter anyone who is tampering with the jug line.
  • Jug lines must be labeled with your full name and address, or Conservation number. Your Conservation number is nine digits and is found on your fishing permit or Heritage card.

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