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Cleaning fish in your fishhouse


birchbranch

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I was checked by a CO Saturday afternoon while in my wheelhouse and I had cleaned my fish and saved the carcasses so everything could be counted. I was quickly and curtly informed that you cannot clean fish while on the ice unless you are going to promptly eat them. Otherwise, they need to be kept whole, minus the guts and gills obviously. I thought I was be totally legal. I was informed that cleaning fish on the ice is a $150 fine and you lose your fish. He spent about 20 minutes sorting through the carcasses and checking other things,, and in the end, he didn't fine me, although I thought he was going to. I didn't mind be checked, I just didn't appreciate the attitude I got. I was very polite and accommodating. He never took his snowmobile helmet off, but I could tell by his voice that he was younger. Anyhow, I just thought I would pass that along for all of you who spend nights on the ice and might be under the same impression I was on the legality of cleaning fish on the ice.

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It does clearly state in the regs just what the CO told you. It's cool he didn't give you a ticket - that was decent of him as you clearly had no intent to break any law.

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I was grateful to avoid a fine. It's my fault for not fully reading the regulations. I was going by things I had read and heard, probably not a good idea. I'm sure the law is in place to attempt to curtail the taking of extra fish, which I'm sure some people do.

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Page 10 in the Reg Book.

*(1) Fish that are legally taken on that water body may be used in the

preparation of a meal while docked or moored to shore or while on the

ice of that waterbody. Fish used for a meal still count towards the daily

possession limit. Fillets may be possessed only if the person is in the act

of preparing a meal or have been packaged by a licensed fish packer.

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