Although using live bait is a great way to catch a fish, it can also be a source of aquatic invasive species (AIS) introductions. Perhaps of greater concern is the introduction of organisms that are unintentionally brought in with the packing material used to transport bait.

What you can do:

  • Never release unused bait or bait packaging materials into the water.
  • Put unused bait into a plastic bag or container and place it in the trash.
  • Be careful not to let your bait escape unintentionally!
  • Clean your equipment, especially felt-soled waders, between visits to different water bodies.

Prevention and education efforts for the bait industry and recreational fishers include:

If you have specific questions about the bait industry/recreational fishing and AIS, please contact us.

Other targeted education efforts include: