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Conservation of Fish


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I have just joined this forum and really enjoy reading the posts. I enjoy talking to Fishing enthusiasts, like myself, about the sport. I am wondering what people are doing to make the fishing better in the area. For me it is easy, because I can not stand the taste of fish. So everything I catch goes back in the lake. Let's talk about what others are doing. This topic always interests me.

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When I go fishing I always keep a male in the livewell until I catch a female (or vice versa) and release them together in a quiet spot in the lake where they can get to know each other and hopefully start a family.

it's like internet dating, but for fish and without the internets.

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haha i would say im 95% C&R ill keep a few once in awhile but almost always back in the lake

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Have you ever tried playing them a movie, perhaps something from the fish erotica section? I heard it works for horses, but then again, they also have fluffers.

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I find a splash of Night Train wine in the livewell water gets them in mood like a carpenter on payday.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Alright guys. Lets stay on topic.

Welcome to the forums!

Selective harvest for me. I keep 15-20 inch walleyes and release those outside that slot 99% of the time. When I have fish in the freezer they all go back in the lake. Panfish I generally keep a few but toss most of them back.

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I don't eat fish ever. Cows and pigs taste much better for me, and I just don't like fish. I'd say in my lifetime 95% of fish caught have been released.

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yup im on board with the nation, ironically love to fish but dont really want to eat them. wish they would put tighter restrictions on panfish though, for some reason people cant seem to throw a large one back.

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I used to keep a few here and there years ago but now I only keep small pike and very few walleyes(because I don't catch many). Besides muskie fishing (CPR) I mostly bass fish and those all go back.

Ended up picking up a conservation license this year due to my viewpoint and I wonder how many others have gotten them. I figure I can put the money towards conservation plates or musky funding.

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PushButton,

I agree with you. People love to keep every Panfish that they Catch. Seems to me that People love to say they got their limit.

Borch,

Thanks you for the welcome.

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I love eating fish. Unless my freezer is full any walleyes 14-20 inches or nice panfish are coming home

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    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
      I know it has been raining all week but anyone have any walleye reports?  Heading up for the holiday weekend and want to do some fishing.
    • MikeG3Boat
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    • Shulsebus
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    • SkunkedAgain
      Those are some fine specimens. Great job
    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
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    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
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