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Not sure but will look and read myself, doesnt seem like it should be against the law, but sometimes things slip in with out knowing. I know they make great bass and bowfin (blackfish) bait.

Small ones are great crappie baits also.

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From the regs digest:

Taking Nongame Fish for Bait
Nongame fishes or other aquatic animals taken for bait may
not be sold.
Nongame fish may be taken for bait only with the equipment
listed below, and an appropriate inland fishing license is required.
1. A dip net not greater than six feet across.
2. A seine not greater than 12 feet in length with a bar mesh
measure of not more than 1/4 inch.
Exception: In LakeWaccamaw any length seine may be used
to collect bait fishes.
3. A cast net.
4. Minnow traps under immediate control and attendance of the
operator and not exceeding 12 inches in diameter, with
funnel openings not exceeding 1 inch in diameter.
The daily creel limit is 200 nongame fish in aggregate, subject to
the following restrictions

The Frabill square crawfish trap has the following demensions which I think make it illegal:

Dimensions: 18"L x 8"W x 8"H - 1 opening that is 2.25"

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"1 opening, 2.25 inches" seems to violate "funnel opening not exceeding 1 inch diameter".
 

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The regulation specifically calls out "minnow trap" in #4, not "other aquatic animals" as is previously clarified in the opening paragraph. I see crawfish as clearly falling under Nongame fish/other aquatic animals, but clearly not minnows.

I might not want to take my chances with a game warden on that technicality, but it seems like there may be some intentional differentiation, especially when you consider the intent of the rule, which is, I think, to keep you from harvesting game fish in a nongame fish (minnow) trap.

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Any fish not classified as a game fish is considered a nongame fish when
found in inland fishing waters and includes shellfish and crustaceans.
Are crayfish crustaceans? If so they are considered 'bait' by the NCWRC and 'nongame fish'

The "minnow trap" can be used to harvest any non game fish for bait according to the regs provided it meets the size requirements specified

What exactly constitutes a legal "minnow trap" I dunno.
 
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