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Here's a fishing story for you, believe what you want as I'm not even sure myself yet but definately interesting. Here's how it goes:

A middle aged female co-worker causually mentions to me that she caught a "really big dogfish this weekend that weighted 17 lbs". I immediately asked where and what she used to obtain the weight and she replied "Oh just one of those old spring scales, but it's pretty accurate". I smiled and asked what she did with it, her response was "I burried it". So I go on to tell her she may have burried the state record dogfish as in her garden for fertilizer if it was anywhere close to that weight!

Her interest was now sparked and she agreed it may be a good idea to try and "recover" the bowfin. (This is Monday night and the fish was caught Saturday)

The next day at work she tells me she dug the fish up as her husband was telling her she had gone crazy. Since the record is recorded at 31 inches I had told her the best way to get a close idea was to grab a quick length measurement. Well she was happy to report her fish was nearly 37 inches! Dnr personnel were called and someone came out shortly after. He first got her license, then said this was going to be quite the story if it tested out officially as a bowfin. (Record fish apparently need genetic testing to assure their species)

So now she's waiting to hear the official results from the Dnr. I told her I expect my name mentioned in her interview if it happens. I don't believe there are any pictures and it occured in west central Mn.

Interesting story, I hope everything works out. You heard it here on FM first if it does.

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Interesting did not think the DNR would accept a fish that was burried for a day. Must of sounded or should I say smelled FISHY!!!

Keep us posted.

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That's a funny and ironic story and on par for the highly respected dogfish laugh

Let us know what happens

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haha you wonder how many people catch some of those less then sought after record and just toss the fish back without ever thinking twice. Let us know what happens

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the question now would be. how much would it weigh after being dried in dirt for 2 days?

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Two summers ago on Pokegama I caught an 18"~ Rock Bass, and just tossed it back without a thought. We figured it to be in the 3# range. I thought about it later when my wifes grandpa said it the biggest one he had ever seen. We checked the record weight and decided that if we ever saw one that big again it would not go straight back without a fair amount of investigating.

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She could get a record, and a ticket for wanton waste all in one smile

How in the heck would you classify that as wanton waste?? She took the fish home, and put it in the garden for fertilizer. She didn't leave it in the water to die, or on shore to rot away. What she did with it after she got home with it was totaly legal.

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I just made a nice spreadsheet with all the State records on it, with Weight, Lengths & girths so this never happens to me. I dont want to be the guy that let any record fish go without at least checking

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I just made a nice spreadsheet with all the State records on it, with Weight, Lengths & girths so this never happens to me. I dont want to be the guy that let any record fish go without at least checking

That is a good idea. Put it in your tackle box, and check it when the fish is questionable. grin

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there will be no ticket for wanton waste, that is one of the legal ways of discarding fish if I remember correctly.

Mike

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BBB if you want a copy post your email and ill send it to you. Just a regular spreadsheet on one page so it can be folded and stuck in your box...Just in case

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BBB if you want a copy post your email and ill send it to you. Just a regular spreadsheet on one page so it can be folded and stuck in your box...Just in case

Can you send me one please... KPfly12 @ hotmail . com

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Originally Posted By: Farmboy1
She could get a record, and a ticket for wanton waste all in one smile

How in the heck would you classify that as wanton waste?? She took the fish home, and put it in the garden for fertilizer. She didn't leave it in the water to die, or on shore to rot away. What she did with it after she got home with it was totaly legal.

Doubtful that she could get a wanton waste ticket because you can burry any fish species you want because using it for fertilizer would be just as pro-active as eating it. Furthermore it is illegal to release a bowfin after catching it because they are so detramental to lakes.

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BBB if you want a copy post your email and ill send it to you. Just a regular spreadsheet on one page so it can be folded and stuck in your box...Just in case

Sure, I'll take one. It's huntershaven @ embarqmail.com

Thanks.

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Furthermore it is illegal to release a bowfin after catching it because they are so detramental to lakes.

Hmm... You sure 'bout that one?

They changed the release laws for rough fish a long time ago because of the filth of all the ones discarded on shore.

That's when the wanton waste laws started becoming significant.

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"Furthermore it is illegal to release a bowfin after catching it because they are so detramental to lakes"

NO! Bowfin are part of a healthy fish population! They are a very misunderstood species.

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Dogfish are native species they coexist just fine with other fish in the lakes.

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"Furthermore it is illegal to release a bowfin after catching it because they are so detramental to lakes"

Are you kidding me? Where's your facts or research? Sounds like another wife's tale, that I've heard time and time again. If they are so detramental to a lake why are they a native species? How come every lake I fish that has bowfin in it I have caught trophy sized fish in it??

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I was fishing Lake Of The Woods a few years back and the game warden was expalining the reason it is illegal to throw eelpout on the ice and leave them there. It's wanton waste if when we leave the house for good. You are to pick the pout up and throw them in the garbage.

Then he explains that we should put the pout back in the lake because taking a few pout out of the lake will not put a dent in there population and that they are part of the lakes ecosystem thats been that way for many years.

So throwing back dogfish in the lake is better than dead and rotting on the shore so your dog can roll in it! smile

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"Furthermore it is illegal to release a bowfin after catching it because they are so detrimental to lakes"

You need to read up on Dogfish a bit more bud. As others have already said, they are native and are part of an ecosystem that has been effectively in place for centuries. Wanton waste is a bad idea because rotting fish release ammonia into the soil which leaks into the water, encouraging bacterial growth and algae into our beloved lakes, streams and rivers.

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