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hockey33

Cleaning and Eating on ice

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On another post someone thought that you could clean and fry up walleye on LOW this year.

I needed to know this with my first LOW trip coming up in a couple months. So I called the DNR and as of now you can NOT clean and consume Walters on the ice...but they think that a regulation will pass in the near future to make it legal. According to the DNR rep. assuming nothing drastic happens this will pass sometime this ice season.

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Hockey, I was the one that thought that and did the same as you and called the DNR after you questioned it. I got the exact same answer, which I stated in the other post you mentioned. So hopefully by the time you are up this will pass. One thing they did say was that on lakes without a slot limit it is legal to clean and consume now.

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On the Upper Red Lake forumn there is a link under the Walleyes thread that takes you to the DNR Proposed reg changes that talks about this. According to that thread these laws already went into effect, but even some of the people at the DNR don't know about it yet. Sounds like the fisherpeople on red will be frying up walleyes on the lake as of now.

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According to the CO that Curt had on his show today you can now eat eyes on the ice as long as you keep the carcass intact so they are able to measure it. He said to keep the spine intact and you are fine. I listened to it three times to make sure so please correct me if I heard wrong!

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Wed 11/28/2007 2:00 PM

Just got off of the phone with the MN DNR Enforcement division.

It is NOT in effect as of yet....... the earliest it can be is December 10 or in about 12 days.

It is still being worked over by the fisheries department.

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Confusion about a new law or rule?, I cant imagine that.

It would be nice if we all got the same info at the same

time. At this time I doubt there are many sleepers on the

ice. By the time we are ready to cook some fish on the

ice the new rule should be in effect.

If you have any doubt, Saugers and Perch are fair game

right now fer sure.

See you out there

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Confusion about a new law or rule?, I cant imagine that.

If you have any doubt, Saugers and Perch are fair game

right now fer sure.


I second that. Definitly don't want to kick off the new ice season with a hefty fine! crazy.gif

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I've got a question on this one. If you stay overnight on the ice, two guys, you fill out the first day, eat half of that limit, do the carcasses still count for your possesion limit or do they want you to keep them for a creel survey. So they can keep track of what is being caught. So if you are on the ice, two days, can you in reality catch two limits each being you eat one limit the first night on the ice.

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Good questions that I dont have answers for. Instead of

guessing let me try to find the correct answer.

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Just got off the phone with the local CO who checked

this whole line of thinking out.

The new law doesnt say you must have the carcus of the

fish. You may clean and eat your Walleyes on the ice.

You must take your fish guts and skeletons to shore and

dispose of them properly, you may NOT leave them out

on the ice.

If you eat your limits the first day, you must get rid

of the remains before you catch the next days limit.

According to the rules any part of the game counts as

the game..

And almost finally, you cannot catch your limit in the

morning eat them and catch more in the afternoon.

Enforcement on some of this will be a challenge.

This new rule will become effective Dec 10th (?)

Pending new developments....thats it

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Do you even have to let the DNR in to your fishhouse to check for the carcass??

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i think the dnr can walk into your residential house without a warrent to look for carcasses and meat in the freezer - but not for certain

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I know they cannot come into your house with out a warrant or your consent(4th amendment right to unreasonable searches and seizures) I know a fish house has to be unlock when you are in it but I dont think they can just come in with out consent.

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The CO must announce his presence and ask for permission

to enter your fish house. In the event they have a warrent

and have been investigating your activities it might be a

different story at your fish house or residence

The CO I talked to said that they will have to rely on

fishers to follow this new rule as enforcement will be

difficult. This new rule is the result of the legislature

responding to the requests of the public to eat a few

Walleyes on the ice where the lakes have slot limits.

The CO is welcome in my fish house anytime

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