Jug Fishing is legal in most states but not all. States also have specific regulations for jug fishing that vary from State to State. The information on this page cannot be guaranteed accurate, please check your local fish and wildlife department to make sure you know all the jug fishing rules and regulations.

Click on your state to find state specific rules and regulations.

  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas – Jug Fishing – Legal.  Must be orange for commercial fishermen.
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia – Jug Fishing – Legal. Juglines are legal. Trot Lines, juglines or set poles may be used to take nongame fish and turtles provided they are not baited with live bait (worms are permissible), except on designated stocked trout waters, Department-owned or controlled lakes, and within 600 feet of any dam. Live bait other than game fish may be used on trot lines to take catfish in Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties, and in the Clinch River in Russell, Scott, and Wise counties. (See page 9 for South Holston Reservoir.) Any person setting or possessing the above equipment shall have it clearly marked by permanent means with his or her name, address, and telephone number, and is required to check all lines and remove all fish and animals caught each day. Additional requirements for juglines (also called “noodles”): Defined as a single hook, including one treble hook, and line attached to a float. Jugline/noodle sets on public waters shall be restricted to 20 per angler and must be attended (within sight) by anglers at all times. Also, in addition to being labeled with the angler’s name, address and telephone number, jugs/noodles shall also be labeled with a reflective marker that encircles the jugs/noodles to allow for visibility at night.
  • Washington
  • West Virginia – Jug Fishing – Not legal
  • Wisconsin – Jug Fishing – Not legal
  • Wyoming



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