Josh Willis, Recreational Angler
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Posted on October 4, 2012 | Permalink
Location: Susquehanna River
Good fishing at the Conowingo dam, this smallmouth was no wimp and indeed very tasty. Now my question is this fish was given to me by another angler. I was under the impression that itís ok to give away your limit just nothing more. I have given rockfish away sometimes when Iím not in the mood to clean and eat them. Is this wrong or perfectly legal so I know for next time.
DNR response: Josh, thank you for writing, the person fishing can keep only their creel Ė they can give their creel away, they can keep their creel for themselves but they cannot take more fish out of the water than their daily creel limit. Additionally, as stated, the fish counts against the creel of the person who caught it, not you, so you can catch your limit and accept fish from other people. However, in actual practice, if NRP comes up on a person and the person has more fish than their own creel limit, the officer will write a ticket and the individual would have to prove in court they were given the fish. Iíd recommend that people donít have in their possession more than the daily creel limit. There are also different possession limits in addition to creel limits for a few species, for example sunfish.