I think US Customs might be an issue. They don't think too highly of parasites being introduced into the country. I know someone that tried it in California from Mexico. The state laws are different, so you have to check with not only US Customs, but the port of entry state's Fish and Game Commission. My buddy had no problem bringing it back to California since the rules were followed for that state i.e. fish head and tail intact so it can be identified, and he had to fill out separate paperwork. It may not be worth the hassle.