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Sand Burr
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Msg 31 Posted: 08:13 PM 06/19/08 (CST)
Let me ask a honest question and answer it honestly.

If you cooked up 8 fillets 4 being potatoe chip sunnies and 4 being 19inch walleyes which would go first?

I'll bet the sunnies are gone before they hit the table!

Answer honestly!



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nofishfisherman
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Msg 32 Posted: 11:26 PM 06/19/08 (CST)
Honestly it has been a very long time since I have kept a panfish. Its probably been 10 years. But I don't discount their tasty factor.


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mallard1662
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Msg 33 Posted: 11:51 AM 07/16/08 (CST)
the sunfish!!
also in response to the blue lake issue...I too have fished that lake a bunch of times and that game warden is a little misinformed himself....that lake gets so much fishing pressure that the fish as a whole don't live long enough to reach maximum size.
Another good example of that is little elk lake nearby....we used to catch quality crappies out of there and with the pressure you are lucky to scrape up a very skinny 7 incher these days.
I have fished both those lakes for over 30 yers and have a real good idea of what both can and will produce



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Sand Burr
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Msg 34 Posted: 12:33 PM 07/16/08 (CST)
What is the solution?

Slots or Lower limits?


I think this is really a the question everyone has to ask themselves. This will quickly effect every lake in MN.



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mallard1662
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Msg 35 Posted: 07:06 AM 07/17/08 (CST)
I would go with the slots for those particular lakes...a little selective harvest from anglers would help bunches....I've watched whole families go down to elk lake and take home limits of 5 to 6 inch crappies....a darn shame!



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Sand Burr
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Msg 36 Posted: 01:07 PM 07/17/08 (CST)
It always seems like there is to many factors with this conversation.

If that family can only get out 2-3 times a summer it seems fair for them to keep a meal? Guys like you and I that can fish every weekend it seems like nonesense to keep them. Slots seem fine but I think they have to work together with lower limits to see if we can get protection for population and size.

But in the end can humans really have an effect on mother nature?



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Bkchero
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Msg 37 Posted: 04:42 PM 07/17/08 (CST)
So I'll throw another scenario in for you.

My last trip up there we fished several different lakes. On a couple of them we must have caught, and I am not kidding, 100-150 crappies each trip that were all 5-6 inches. We probably caught 10 total in a week of fishing that were over 7 inches, and none were bigger than 10 inches. All the lakes we fished had produced slabs in the past.

We didn't keep any, but it made us wonder, is there enough food in a particular lake to support the population or will that year's class get stunted b/c there were so many fish? We were not the only ones catching fish either, on one of the lakes there were two other boats within 150 yards of us and we could see they were catching the same size fish, and lots of them.

It made us think that it seemed like we would have done the fish a favor if we had kept a few of the 5-6 inchers, even if the fillets were small, just to cull the population and ginve a few fish the chance to grow. Maybe a slot with a trophy exception is the way to go for some fish? I read the same article that Nofish is referring to about how the large 'gills are the breeders and taking them out of the population means that only the smaller fish will reproduce, which means that only smaller fish will be born and then reproduce, and it makes you wonder if it creates a cycle of smaller fish.
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MineralMan
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Msg 38 Posted: 07:39 PM 07/17/08 (CST)
I have mixed feelings about this. First, I release everything I catch, so I'm not someone who is out seeking mounts. But, on the other hand, that muskie is the fish of a lifetime for many people. It's a legal fish, and that's the choice of the angler.

For me, the memory of bringing that fish to the boat would be more than enough. For others, there will probably never be another chance to catch something that size.

Personally, I wish that muskies were 100% catch and release in Minnesota. I'd support a law like that in a minute. But, that's not the law, so I can't really complain when someone wants their once in a lifetime catch mounted on their wall.

I've not caught one that large. I probably will, eventually. But, I'm still excited about a 24" northern, and I catch them all the time.

With all the people out there breaking laws regarding fishing, I can't complain when someone keeps a legal catch.


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