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just wondering a few weeks ago i seen an episode of loudmouth bass where they was fishing on lake michigan and whe it got to the veiwer question time a veiwer said that using the the drop shot rig was illeagal in michigan and zona replied they were in canada which really dosen't have any relavence to my question but why is the drop shot rig illegal in michigan just wondering.

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I think its because people disguise their snagging technique as drop-shotting.I could be wrongbut thought I had heard something like that before.

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Dropshotting WAS illegal in michigan until just a couple of days ago. It was illegal because people would use it to snag salmon and steelhead in the rivers. So they made a rule that said no hook could be above the weight on a line. We got around this by using a jig instead of a weight on a dropshot rig. It is currently legal for the upcoming season. Another rule was that you were not allowed to catch a bass before the 3rd saturday in june. You were supposed to cut it off or unhook it still IN the water (too many people keeping bass before the start of season). That has also been changed and you can catch and release begining April 29, which is close to ice-out around here. That rule really wasn't advertised or enforced very well. Dropshotting is still illegal in river and streams where salmon run.

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There was also another option if you wanted to fish the dropshot. They allowed it if a special leader was first tied to attach the hook to the line. I'm pretty sure that was the way. That was the way people were told to fish the dropshot in Michigan.

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I got your back on that one bassdocktor!  ;)  I saw that exact rig in an OLD issue of Bassmaster. If memory serves me right, they tied a 4-6" leader (above the weight) and attached the hook to it. I think they even mentioned putting bee's wax on that leader to help keep the lure out to the side and not just dangle down.

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basser89 I know that is one of the places that I saw it. I know after that was in the magazine I saw the picture of it appear in a few of the stores.

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what really sucks about it and I don't live or fish in michigan And correct me if I am wrong. It just goes to show you that morons doing something i am guessing is illegal ruins something for the honest guys I'm glad they changed it for the guys in mich

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