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Harvest stunted fish so they can start growing?

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I've had this thought in my mind for a couple years now. I read somewhere that if there's an over-population of fish that their growth tends to be stunted. So I was thinking, if people harvest the small guys instead of constantly throwing them back, maybe they'll start getting some size to them.

What do you guys think? Will it work?

If nothing else, a couple of those little guys would look great in the aquarium. And since kids are allowed to take fish home alive for aquarium use, why not?

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I thought it was against the law to take fish out of a lake and put in an aquarium at home??

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lost - with panfish, that is what you will find me doing. Taking the smaller fish. I don't like to scale fish either, but love fish that way for fish frys.

The tough part is determining what is actuall stunted fish or is it just a high population of a young year class. I'm not sure I can even tell that much. Some indicate that with pan fish, if they are small and thin that they are stunted and small but wide, that they are just young. Others say the complete opposite. This past winter ice fishing, I found both in the same body of water. So who knows.

Once a body of water is actually stunted, the best method is for the DNR to introduce more and bigger predators like pike. One pike will take more small gills in a year than the average fisherman.

I think no matter what we do, every lake will go in cycles. We take more small gills, then the northerns may become stunted because lack of forage. We dont take the gills but take small northerns and release the bigger northerns, we probably cause there to remain more smaller gills/perch etc. Kinda a screwed if you do, screwed if you don't kind of thing.

[This message has been edited by korn_fish (edited 06-07-2004).]

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Lost- I like the Idea but im not about to clean 20 tiny sunfish for very little meat and I hate scaling fish.

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