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BigBite
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:43 AM 04/18/14 (CST)
Good article by Dennis Anderson...

http://www.startribune.com/sports/outdoors/255729061.html#F1TpZB5JHEoOyiZC.01

Been a while since I posted. Been very busy. Seems like I am always posting in the controversial section though wink smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:36 PM 04/18/14 (CST)
Good read. It seems like they should allow it. The Muskie fishing I'm sure would be harder to control. Anybody can say they are fishing for muskie and fish for eyes instead. You know somebody will take advantage of the situation. DNR can't cover every access every night nor stop the netting, so take the easy road and just tell us we can't fish there anymore....

Is this effective now?
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:06 PM 04/18/14 (CST)
Actually, it's worse than one would think. I read an article last year somewhere, can't recall. The launches were going out at night. Basically full, the natives were allowed to catch and keep anything they wanted all night long, and did (no slot or limit for them). The non-natives had to follow the rules that applied to them. So the launches had quite a biz going throughout the year night fishing I guess. A lot of fish were headed back to shore. So I'm sure this is a way for the DNR to control this issue! The poor guy writing about it had a hard time trying to explain the situation to his son no matter the politics. But his son got to learn the meaning of "exercising their rights" in screwing things up for everyone!
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 06:16 PM 04/18/14 (CST)
I agree with Anderson the biggest mistake the DNR is making here is not going with the flow. They should be managing and marketing it as a world-class musky and smallmouth lake because that's what it's going to be anyway when the zebra mussels take hold. It's not like it's the only walleye lake in Minnesota or even them parts. Meanwhile they're crippling the fishing industries they should be supporting. It's like begging for a - knock on wood - reality bitchslapping.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 05:39 AM 04/19/14 (CST)
I used to take those night launches a couple times a year. We just purchased a place out of Wahkon and I was was looking forward to some night fishing. Even made sure my lighted bobbers had batteries. I am pretty much a catch and release guy and was kinda of pissed when I heard of the ban, but if it is going to help in the long run, I suppose I can live with it. The problem is that I am not sure this is the route to go. I heard the the mortality rate of the fish being hauled up from the deep is pretty high. I would think that a 2-fish-and-you're-done limit would be a better course of action. Another thing I heard from someone else, so I don't know if this is true or not, is that the type of nets used by the bands for netting pretty much kills all the fish. There have been reports and photos circulated around the Web of rotting fish along roads which really ticked off some anglers. It was proposed that perhaps the bands could use nets much like the DNR nets that are used for sampling that will not kill the fish. You would think that if the sports anglers had to take it in the shorts, maybe the bands could could do a little to help too.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:02 AM 04/19/14 (CST)
Sauzal----Cow Bells are a little different than jig and minnows!
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:36 AM 04/21/14 (CST)
Rong... I meant they should allow the night fishing for muskie and rough fish. I also included some reasons why I think it could cause problems. Trying to look at it from both sides. But hey, whatever you say man...
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:14 AM 04/22/14 (CST)
Sauzal- I here you man. i don't even fish bedding fish any more; leagl or not; ethical or not.
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