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jaknik2
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:11 PM 07/25/06 (CST)
Me and some pals have have an ongoing discussion regarding when to keep and when to release Walleyes. The main issue of the debate seems to center around just what size should be kept for best eating and when to release others. I can see both sides of the issue since taking young-ins or bigger oldies both have an effect.

Also, I have a hypothetical question. Is there a code among Walleye fishermen that defines how big a Waldo should be before considering keeping it and having it mounted?

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:24 PM 07/25/06 (CST)
Jankik2,
I don't know about a code among walleye fisherman about how big it should be to mount it I think it is more of a personal thing. My biggest walleye to date is 28"s on the big pond. After I released that fish I told myself I will not put one on the wall unless it is over 30. As far as what sizes are good to eat I try to keep them between 15-21 at the biggest. I don't know, but the majority of the walleye fishing I do is on Big Sandy where they are known for there small size. So, whenever I can put the bigger ones back to be caught again and reproduce I try to.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:43 AM 07/26/06 (CST)
I'd say BobberDown is right on the money.
You know that when a walleye gets to 30" it is around 10 lbs.
That seems to be the size that folks mount or bigger of course.
I see several in the 28" range & to me that's an 8 lber. I want to mount a 10 or bigger & I've caught them & guided others into eyes that went 12 lbs.
The deal is do you have the cash to put that mule on the wall?
The other aspect is that a real eye taken will never reproduce. Graphite replicas can be made from photos & measurements,they cost about the same ,but over the years the replica will look better.I think the replicas are a far better way to memorilize the fish&battle.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:26 PM 07/26/06 (CST)
Depending on the body water and what size Walleye's it has, I personally like to keep 13" to 16" Eyes......I do have friends and know people that will keep fish up to 25"s and that's fine with me.....

Mounting I think depends on the Person and circumstances, if your kid catches a fat 27/28"er his first time out fishing for Eye's are you going to tell him he has to throw it back because it's not 30"s.

I've always said I'd mount a 30"er but I don't know I'm thinking I'd probably throw it back now.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:36 PM 07/26/06 (CST)
I keep walleye in that 14-20 range usually but I rarely keep a limit. Its usually enough for one meal and thats it.

I don't have the $$$ to mount a fish but if I did I would only do replicas. there are some awesome replicas out there now days and I like the idea of being able to go back to the lake i caught the fish at and tell people that my 30 incher is still swiming in there.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:05 PM 07/26/06 (CST)
Wow, thanks for your comments. Sounds like a photo and a replica may be the best way to go. I was unaware of the replica option. Sorry to sound like a dunce but I haven't really fished "up north" for many years. A lot has changed.

I only had one fish mounted in my life. It was a 44" Northern that I caught on Wine Lake, Ontario, Canada. I sort of feel guilty now but back in 1982, I was certain it was the biggest fish I ever caught and may ever catch.

I think this paragraph from the Park Rapids Fishing Area brochure may say it best:

"There's nothing wrong with keeping a few fish to eat. To most of us, that's what fishing is all about. But the fact is, the smaller fish are better eating. And, if you catch a bigger fish that isn't quite mounting size, chances are it's a prime spawner. Releasing it will help assure more good size eaters - and better fishing in general - for years to come."

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:25 PM 07/26/06 (CST)
That about sums it up.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 04:07 PM 07/26/06 (CST)
I used to keep some bigger eye,but once you eat enough you soon see the bigger fish are muddy tasting and soft. So you gravitate to the more firmer meat that tastes better.
Also when you get a bunch day after day after day,after weekafter week after month.You get tierd of cleaning too.so you end up getting picky about what you keep.
The guy that gets out every once in awhile will not be so picky,unless it's NOFISH j/k.







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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:20 PM 07/26/06 (CST)
CK, this says it all: "The guy that gets out every once in awhile will not be so picky."

Most of my whole life of fishing has been held hostage to picking that one week, in that one month, on that one lake and hoping for the best. The usual results were "You should have been here last week" or "Man, they really started hitting just after you left."

I've probably fished more in Wisconsin (primarily Big Sissabigama Lake in the 1960's) than Minny. I think that was because of the proximity and possession limits. It's hard to spend that kind of money at a resort only to be able to take home a handfull of crappies. I'm no meat hunter but I do think some of the limits are kind of restrictive.

I suppose I might very well cut to the chase. I would like to take my family to a lake in Minny (under 1000 acres) where they just might finally learn to enjoy fishing. My "kids" are now 24 & 22 but never really got into fishing. There are no "up north" type lakes around here and Mississsppi River Waldos taste like barge oil. In Minny, soooooooo many lakes, sooooooooooooooo many choices.

If ya have any suggestions, I'll be all ears.

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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:29 AM 07/27/06 (CST)
This comment is exactly the way the last several years have been for me.

Most of my whole life of fishing has been held hostage to picking that one week, in that one month, on that one lake and hoping for the best. The usual results were "You should have been here last week" or "Man, they really started hitting just after you left."


I have done alright everytime going out but I have only had a day here or there where I would say I had a great day. It always seems the days I am able to go the weather is against me in every way so it is a matter of scratching together a fish here or there. I tend to fish the same lake and I have met some great guys on other forums that have given me personal tours of some fishing spots as well as teaching me what to look for on this particular lake so I can find my own spots. This info has increased my skills alot, I haven't been skunked in 3 years now.

Despite only getting out a few times a year I pride myself on still being able to be selective and keep only the right sized fish. I have thrown back alot of 13 inch fish and 21 inch or more fish despite not catching any in my 14-20 inch keeping range. All Gills 10" or more go back as well.


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