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UPNORTH
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:57 PM 01/06/06 (CST)
I noticed many beutiful pics of walleyes on this sight from numerous people. My question is why are some of these fish being kept? There are people keeping 3, 4, 5 pound wallyes, FOR WHAT? They sure as hell are not going to taste good. More so than that how about those beutiful bass? Once again on a stringer? Keeping a trophy here or there is great and congrats if you do, but why take some of these beutiful fish home to throw in a frying pan.
The reason for writing this is that I have multiple friends that fish big money bass tourneys. The DNR along with many locals are beginning to put so many restrictions on the lakes and the tournaments them selves, keep in mind almost if not all of these fish survive and are released back into the water. But why is it ok for your ordinary angler to keep some of these beutiful fish for the frying pan and tournament anglers get the back end of the deal!
I hope this doesnt ofend anyone and if it does i apologize!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:26 PM 01/06/06 (CST)
Can you point out one of these pictures that you are talking about?




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:37 PM 01/06/06 (CST)
As long as the fish fit in the slots and restrictions it's legal to keep them....

My thoughts on it however differ. When I fish walleye and pike I may keep no fish. Most eyes I keep are in that 14-19" range. Anything bigger goes back unless it is hooked deep and has little to no survial chance. I keep very few pike but ones I do are small and good for canning or pickleing.

Bass I never keep.

Panfish I am more liberal with. But usually I never keep my limit. Just enough for a couple of meals.

Because I am a bass guy it hurts me to see them on the stringer but I understand that legally they can be kept and if people like them to eat thats thier deal.

Just my opinion.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:11 PM 01/06/06 (CST)
Well, I knew this post would end up here at some point. You're right and I agree with you in some aspects. When I fish, I usually will not keep any more then what I am going to eat that day. I never keep an 'eye that is over 20". Panfish I am a little more liberal with. I don't eat bass but have caught some HUGE ones back when I did a lot of bassin'. I used to keep small northerns and pickle them. Now I might try for a big one just for fun, but I don't keep it.

To each his own, is the way I look at it. If it is legal then who am I to complain. Different lakes have different slots for what you can keep and what you can't. Some lakes only allow 1 of this species or 2 of that species. If it is within the law, then it is within the law... period. The preservation of the species is why those laws are there in the first place.

I must say, though, that it does get to me a bit when I see a nice 5 lb smallie on a stringer or a 6 lb bucketmouth. I would always release those and most of the fishermen I hang with would too. But I am not going to lambast someone for not doing so. When I was a lot younger, I would have kept just about everything and you will notice that a lot of the fish pictured on stringers are caught by some pretty young people. I think that this is something you grow out of eventually. You have less of a tendency to keep a 5 lb smallie if you have caught ten of them before. Same with just about any fish. Age will do that to you :-)

Anyway... that is my take on it.



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LSF
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:42 PM 01/06/06 (CST)
I would still like to know what pics he was referring to...

I second Gleason & Webdudes comments. Its not legal, but some people frown uppon it. But, I admit that someday I'll keep a trophy fish for the wall.
It amazes me that people keep big fish to eat. 15lb northerns, 10lb eyes, and 5lb largemouths!! Ish.. its a fact that the smaller fish are better for you and taste better. If you want something comparable, take a dogfish and stuff it in an old tube sock and put it in the microwave for a half hour on high!! If its big & your not going to put it on the wall, throw it back!


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:19 PM 01/07/06 (CST)
Well, some of you may know that I work closely with the DNR. Others, maybe not. There have been questions asked in the past that were kind of borderline when it comes to the laws on fishing in Minnesota. I have been glad to answer those questions and hopefully in the future I can contribute some more.

The laws on what you can keep and what you can't are very clear. Not only are they clear, but they are reviewed and in many cases updated every year. This is why we have slot limits on Mille Lacs. It is also why you will be able to fish walleyes on Upper Red in the spring. On Upper Red, the new walleye regulation calls for a two fish possession limit and a 17- to 26-inch protected slot, with only one over 26 inches allowed in possession. That means you can keep one fish at 16 inches and one fish over 26 inches. Now ask yourself, why is this law in place? Why haven't you been able to fish walleyes before 2006? It is to protect the fish. Now granted, if I caught a 28 inch walleye out of the Upper Red, would I keep it? Hell no! And most fishermen would snap a pic and put it back. But there are those that would keep it and the DNR has figured how many of those could be lost out of Upper Red without putting the fish in danger again.

Now let's say that way too many people kept fish over 26 inches. What do you think will happen after the next lake survey? Either they will change the law to two fish under 17 inches or they will close the lake again. That is what the laws are there for.

I personally keep just what I can eat. Nothing over 19 inches when it comes to walleyes. Even when going for crappies, I usually will keep around 5 per person in the boat. Sunnies the same. I have been known to keep a 5 pound northern and throw it on the grill once in a while.

One thing to note on this subject. I think that the advent of the digital camara is making a difference in the increase of hogs being released out there. Back in the day when you caught a 32 inch walleye up in the BWCA, you would bust your butt for a day and a half to try to get it out of there so you could get it to a taxidermist. Now days, people just snap a picture and put the hog back. Whether or not you like replicas is irrelavent. The pictures are digital and they can be sent to anyone and posted on any website. You can feel just as proud of your fish by that photo as if it were mounted above your fireplace up at the cabin. That's the way I feel about it.

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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 05:36 PM 01/07/06 (CST)
Very well put, BigBite.



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 01:05 PM 01/08/06 (CST)
I'm with BigBite on this too...


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 06:48 PM 01/08/06 (CST)
Remember this one from north of the border? This one would have been a good one to snap the picture and put back.



"Still smiling Father Mariusz Zajak proudly displays his 18.30 pound walleye he landed while ice fishing on Tobin Lake, near the Resort Village of Tobin Lake, on Tuesday afternoon Jan. 4, 2005. The Roman Catholic priest now has legitimate bragging rights to the provincial record for walleye."

Mmmmm... Doesn't saeem to bother a priest ;-)



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 12:42 AM 01/09/06 (CST)
Nice Eye!

MMMMmmmmm, Northern on the grill..........MMMmmmmmmm!

Sounds good!!! I'm hungry!

Think I will go eat some fish & grits!

I'll leave the chubs for the rest of you to fight over! : ))))



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