View Full Version : Lead Ban - Effective Jan 1st 2012

The Dad Fisherman
11-03-2011, 06:52 AM
Just a heads up for you guys that panfish through the ice with small jigs. No more lead come Jan 1, 2012

MassWildlife - 321 CMR 4:00 Fishing (

Prohibitions: Except as otherwise provided for in M.G.L. c. 131 and 321 CMR, it shall be unlawful:

(i) to use a lead sinker, lead weight, or lead jig in the inland waters of Massachusetts; provided that this prohibition shall be enforceable beginning January 1, 2012.

(1) Definitions: For the purposes of 321 CMR 4.01, the following words or phrases shall have the following meanings:

Lead Jig means any lead-weighted hook which has a mass of less than one ounce.

Lead Sinker or Lead Weight means any sinker or weight made from lead and which has a mass of less than one ounce. The term lead sinker shall not include any other sinkers, weights, fishing lures or fishing tackle including, but not limited to, artificial lures, hooks, weighted flies, and lead-core or other weighted fishing lines.

11-03-2011, 07:00 AM
I've allready switched over because i fish in new hampshire... it is one of the things i was going to address tonight when I continue on my gear/terminal tackle thread..

11-03-2011, 07:02 AM
it's a good heads up kevin.. maybe it should be a stickey..

11-03-2011, 07:16 AM
When I read definitions: any over 1oz is still legal?

11-03-2011, 07:19 AM
Bullsh*t i hate people
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The Dad Fisherman
11-03-2011, 07:23 AM
When I read definitions: any over 1oz is still legal?

According to the definitions they are legal. remember this is for inland waters (i.e. Lakes, Ponds, Streams)....1 oz. is pretty big for freshwater fishing...I tend to live in the 1/4 to 1/2 oz. area myself. Ice Jigs are even smaller than that.

12-07-2011, 12:49 AM
What the #^&#^&#^&#^& is banning tiny split shots going to do. Complete bullcrap!

12-08-2011, 02:11 AM
Something came up recently at a fisheries hearing I was at; at least by rumor they are finding the steel split shot is more deadly to water foul than lead. Granted it was a tangent given the matters at hand, Paul Diodati seemed to give it a nod like he'd heard the same..

Maybe it's all BS, if not, though nice work fisheries management, someone probably should have evaluated the effect of lead replacements when that ban was put in place ;).