but people do it all the time. On Mille Lacs before the slots I would let every fish over 23" go. You come into shore to clean your fish and there would be a guy cutting up a t 27". It is the same way up there now, they just cut them up in there boat.
I will say over in Wisconsin where my place is they all eat bass. They think it is better than Walleye. Smallies are not bad, but Large mouth sucks.
Upsetting to say the least. I am 100% positive there were some 1-2 lb bass he could have kept instead of that one. If I caught one like that I wouldent even THINK about eating it, its going on the wall or realeased before eating it.