Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1660-01-26-.05 - BAIT DEALER

(1) Before engaging in the business of a bait dealer, a person, firm, or corporation must purchase a Fish Dealer's License. In addition, any person assisting in the capture of bait fish and other aquatic life approved for sale must possess a Fish Dealer's License. A separate license is required for each bait dealer location where bait is sold.
(2) The following species are approved for sale as live or dead bait:

(a) Common Name

Scientific Name

Skipjack Herring

Alosa chrysochloris

Gizzard Shad

Dorosoma cepedianum

Threadfin Shad

Dorosoma petenense


Carassius auratus

Fathead Minnow

Pimephales promelas

Golden Shiner

Notemigonus crysoleucas


Lepomis spp. and their hybrids

Rainbow Trout

Oncorhynchus mykiss

(b) Sunfish (Bream) 4" in length or smaller may be sold for bait;

(3) The following species are approved for sale as dead bait:

(a) Common Name

Scientific Name

Brook Silverside

Labidethes sicculus

Inland Silverside

Menidia beryllina

Silver Carp

Hypophthalmichthys molitrix

Bighead Carp

Hypophthalmichthys nobilis

Black Carp

Mylopharyngodon piceus

Grass Carp

Ctenopharyngodon idella

(b) Any fish species that is not native to Tennessee and is imported in a preserved state (e.g. frozen, salted, pickled or dried).

(4) Approved species may be imported by licensed bait dealers into Tennessee or exported from Tennessee as live or dead bait;
(5) Licensed bait dealers can harvest and sell approved species as live or dead bait in Tennessee;
(6) Whenever a licensed bait dealer sells, donates, delivers or otherwise disposes of Rainbow Trout, alive or dressed, the dealer shall immediately issue to the person receiving Rainbow Trout an invoice that includes:
(a) A signature by the licensee or his/her agent;
(b) Consecutive numbers;
(c) The name, license number, and location of the bait dealer;
(d) The date of sale or delivery date;
(e) The species and number of fish sold; and
(f) The name and address of the person receiving the fish.
(7) All invoices issued by a bait dealer must be consecutively numbered.
(8) A licensed bait dealer shall retain a copy of the invoice for a period of one year after issuance and make the copy available for an inspection by any representative of the TWRA.
(9) Any person transporting or possessing Rainbow Trout obtained from a licensed bait dealer for bait must have a copy of the invoice on their person.
(10) Bait dealers cannot harvest Sunfish (Bream) or Rainbow Trout from public waters for sale as bait.
(11) Amphibians and crayfish may not be sold as bait.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1660-01-26-.05
Original rule filed March 30, 1994; effective June 13, 1994. Amendment filed January 5, 2001; effective March 22, 2001. Rule was previously numbered 1660-01-26-.04 but was renumbered 1660-01-26-.05 with the introduction of a new rule 1660-01-26-.02. Amendments filed November 18, 2019; effective 2/16/2020.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 70-1-206 and 70-2-221.

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