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  2. Toddrun, You are correct. It seems as if it’s still larvea down there in big bay. Have seen very few , if any mayflies in the air.
  3. Nice fish Reid, We saw lots of clouds coming out of the mud also, but didn't know what was hatching. Did see lots of dragonfly's, but not much for fishflies or mayflies in the air. We didn't have any big fish luck for found keeper fish in the first rock edges around the mud. A guy in our resort claimed he caught a 32" Walleye, but we didn't see any pic's, so not verified, although had several witnesses that confirmed it. Would have been nice to see it though.
  4. Horseshoe_Don

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    Bass is my favorite fish to eat. I always keep them. If anyone told me not to I would tell them to go to [email protected]#$. I always eat everything I catch. Catch and release is a choice not a law. As long as people eat what they catch I have no problem with what ever they catch. Those who waste fish I have a problem with or those who catch and release too much and end up killing fish I even have a bigger problem with. Don
  5. Wanderer

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    The OP specifically requested advice on how to best address what he personally considers an issue; respectfully. And yes, I do agree, and therefore respect his request enough to answer it; respectfully. I’ve personally dealt with the same conflict of interest in the past and feel that I understand the emotions on both sides enough to offer qualified advice that is more practical and useful than just saying mind your own darn business.
  6. Hit BSL on Friday to tryand find those slabs again... They were right in the same area as the last time I was out, but could not get one to bite to save my life... They were taunting me jumping all around me... I got some walleyes, nothing over 14" though... The bugs were horrible on the north side, so bad they drove me to the south side haha.
  7. kfk

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    If someone is legal keeping 15"+ bass, it's none of your business whether they keep 15"+ fish or not. Just walk away and leave it alone. If you want to change the regulations, try doing it in the proper manner instead of a confrontation at the boat ramp. I don't know how others would react, but if you approached me, it certainly wouldn't be positive experience.
  8. Mike89

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    so what do have against harpooners????? the Indians did it before us????????????
  9. 28.5, but the fattest walleye we’ve seen. My dad and I both agreed it was a bigger fish than my 30 last summer. Wish we would have weighed it but I would rather have the fish swim off healthy!
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  11. delcecchi

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    I don't confront people on the water about what they do. Expressing an opinion in general is fine. Getting up in people's face is different, as I hope you agree.
  12. IceHawk

    Summer ice fishing

    That's awesome Don. Very creative and looks like fun.
  13. Wanderer

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    Et tu, Del?
  14. delcecchi

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    Gotta be careful to keep the holier than thou attitude under control whatever you decide to do. After all not much difference between bass, northern (looking at you harpooners), walleye, even gills.
  15. Cliff Wagenbach

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    I have eaten quite a few small mouth bass from Vermilion and a few large mouth bass from other lakes. The smaller small mouth are not bad table fare! The larger fish taste like mud to me! All large mouth taste like mud to me!! If you were to suggest to these fishermen that eating the smaller fish will make a much tastier meal, not to mention a much safer meal because of the contaminant level in larger fish, that may make a difference in what they decide to keep.???? But as you said, they can legally keep them of all sizes. The DNR approach of a size limit would be best! Cliff
  16. Harry Goodliffe

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    a sign that ASKS people to selective harvest, releasing the bigger fish to keep those better fish genes in the population if you keep fish eat smaller fish...the old bill dance quote "limit your kill not kill your limit.... catch what you can use and release the rest to fight another day"
  17. Wanderer

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    I respect your conservation minded approach but trying to TELL people not to keep those fish will just get you more of the same response you already got. I also agree <15 inch bass are better keepers. I keep a few myself each year and rarely keep anything over 16, preferring 12’s for the table. I’ve been a bass tournament angler in the past and have also promoted staunch C&R, much like the modern muskie culture, but have grown wiser with age. I still target bass quite a bit just because they’re fun! On a 300 acre lake I agree a small group of anglers can and will have an impact with constant return visits to harvest large fish but the only two things you can do about it is, 1) As mentioned, lobby the DNR for protected slots, and 2) When people are happy to show you their catch, congratulate them and mention you like bass too but find the smaller sized fish much better table fare. And maybe that you also fell releasing the mature fish keeps reproduction up to sustain a quality fishery. And be nice about it. Once you turn people off they’ll stop hearing you. That’s about all I have for ya. Good luck.
  18. Bite was OK for us this weekend. Marked tons of fish but they only seemed to bite in small feeding windows due to abundance of mayfly larva down there. When they decided bite, they were inhaling our leeches though. Rocks next to mud was best for us. Highlight of the weekend was walleye pictured below.
  19. Mike89

    Summer ice fishing

    I like the idea!!!
  20. Just a heads up to all. Someone has been cutting off the Catalytic convertors on vehicles at the landings on Island Lake Reservoir. Trucks are targeted do to the clearance and ease to get under. They hit several vehicles on Friday morning and were trying to sell the parts at a local scrap yard by 11:30am the same day. It cost me over $500.00 to replace this weekend. Police where notified.
  21. rodbender27

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    Thank you for your opinion. I respectfully disagree with just standing by, as multiple 3lbs+ bass were shown to me in a livewell this morning coming off of a 300acre lake. Again i completely realize this is a legal choice to make, and at times selective harvest is necessary for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Where I live in Minnesota, bass are plentiful, but fish of that calliber and bigger are not growing on trees and it takes multiple years to get to maturity. As aforementioned, i am serious about the sport aspect of bass fishing and hate to think of the idea of 10+ yr old fish being taken from lakes of such small size especially. I have personally seen the possibilities catch and release offers as myself and a buddy have caught the same 4lb fish with distinct bird/pike bite marks on 3 separate occasions just this spring/summer alone. Again i do not mean to shame these people for being proud of catching quality fish, just want to find the best way to try to shape their thinking to take a more conservationally responsible approach to fish harvest choices. I appreciate any help i can get
  22. delcecchi

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    If I were you I would mind my own business. Harvesting bass instead of just annoying them is perfectly legal. You could always write a strongly worded letter to the DNR and your state legislators suggesting special regulations on those lakes that concern you or even a statewide change if you really feel that it is a problem.
  23. Horseshoe_Don

    Summer ice fishing

    I have 2 large anchors so movement is not a problem as long as the wind is not too heavy which causes a little rocking. The screen was as detailed as it is in winter. As far as fishing went. I was marking a lot of fish but most were cats. I only marked a couple of possible walleyes but no takers, but in fairness I was only testing and was not in my best spot and was only there about 20 minutes. Have to try again later in some of my winter hot spots. Don
  24. Wanderer

    Summer ice fishing

    That’s what I’m wondering too! Mostly how well you can actually keep your bait in your ducer cone. For a pontoon fisher I can see some pretty cool positives for the setup!
  25. Borch

    Summer ice fishing

    Now I've seen it all! So how'd it go?
  26. rodbender27

    How to deal with people keeping bass

    Looking for advice on how to approach/converse with those who choose to keep bass. I have worked at public boat accesses around the metro for a few years now and see anglers taking bass home with them more often than I would care to see. As an avid bass fisherman, I have bias toward complete catch and release on all bass that are caught, however i understand that it is completely legal to harvest bass as long as one is complying with harvesting laws. The big problem for me persoany is when i see people keeping the totally wrong size fish (15"+) if you were to want to keep some. I have struggled in how to go about trying to make people think twice about choosing to keep bass (or at least the larger fish) without making it awkward or seeming like i am shaming them. Would like any input on how I could go about conversing with these people. Any personal accounts would be great, thanks
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