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Starting a Native tank

Setting up a 75gal for native fish. I think i need a permit to keep them though, so Im looking into that. But gonna keep bluegill and sunfish in there. Maybe a bass too, not sure yet.
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Re: Starting a Native tank

I kept a breeding pair of red shiners for a while. Beautiful fish, especially the males during breeding season. I'd recommend looking into shiners

When in doubt, do a water change.
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Dont need a permit to own them.


Just cant use them as bait in some/most states.


Most places have a "DO NOT RETURN TO WATER" species list and most the time sunfish and gills are on it.
 
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Why the cold water tank for them?

do you want to keep them in winter mode all the time?
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Re: Starting a Native tank

not really "cold" just room temp, so really 66F prolly. And the way I am reading the MI DNR State Law is that it is Illegal to keep a "gamefish" alive out of its fishing season unless permitted to by the DNR.

But maybe it has changed. I havent called them yet, just read that in the fishing handbook.
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Wanna give me the DNR link?

And I can get you a firm answer on it, I now we keep game fish in every state in and out of season. Keep a game fish out of season means disobeying creel limits and taking during spawn( spawn is what is considered the off season )
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DNR link is michigan.gov/dnr

I cant find it, but i believe it was in the fishing handbook where I read it. I just dont want to break any laws and lose my fish.
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Re: Starting a Native tank

well, panfish are in season all year, so we went fishing today and caught 3 bluegill, 2 sunfish, and 1 crappie. So that is a start to our native tank.
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They usually are, Ive never seen any sign saying DO NOT TAKE PANFISH, they are like ants in most bodies of water.

What kind of sunfish?
what crappie?
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its a white crappie and the sunfish are pumpkinseed
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Its been a few years since I got a pumpkinseed.

Those white crappie can get huge, thru the ice this past winter we were getting them in the 3# range.
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yeah, i've only caught them up to 12", but I've heard they get 18+ inches.

This guy is only 6" right now.
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well, only the White crappie is still alive. The sunfish and bluegill died due to hook placement i believe, they swallow it so differently than the crappie, the crappie eats more like a bass than a panfish, so its hooks was only in the paper thin part of the mouth and is already completely healed. He is a cool fish to watch feed, due to it being wild caught, I am keeping it on a wild type diet of live foods.
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Re: Starting a Native tank

UPDATE:

I still have the crappie and now I also have a White(striped) Bass
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Re: Starting a Native tank

Crappie


White(striped) Bass
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Re: Starting a Native tank

DNR - Department of Natural Resources This should give you all the info you need, if not there is a contact point there also. Good luck with your Native fish keeping hobby, If i can help please let me know
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Its good to see people keeping natives. My longear sunfish is just gorgeous right now, and so are my green sunfish.
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