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"Thoughts?"  per Raven77

 

OK.

 

 

Everyone here in SW Wisconsin was thrilled when the deer population reached 80 per mile^2.  Then we got CWD.    Everyone wants to maximize their own interests.  I have no problem with only keeping two, but then i'll be there much more than your average vacationer.   Voluntary efforts like this are great, but mandatory should be left to the biologists.

 

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I typically only keep enough for a meal or sometimes two, when I am keeping fish.  And, being a west ender, in the last decade or so that has often been something besides walleye like bass or a pike.    But I do remember the days in the spring years back when it seemed like there was a lot of freezer filling going on.     

 

I'm thinking this effort may help.   I don't know how much.    I would bet that most of the take is actually a couple fish per person anyway.   

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20 hours ago, Raven77 said:

 

I understand it doesn't work for everyone, but it's voluntary and I like it. 2 fish per person is enough for a great fish fry. 

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I love the fact that it is a voluntary request. I think most people will respect it and feel like they are helping our lake be more sustainable. If you want to keep more, so be it and it isn't like you are some evil person, but if even 50% of people keep 50% less fish, that has to have a positive impact. Not to mention, here we are talking about it so there will start to be community awareness and thought before blindly keeping everything. Knowing the great Vermilion community, this is the perfect solution in my opinion.

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I like it too Tim and that's why I posted the link.  However, I'm not sure it will have a significant effect on the number of fish kept.  Having a cabin on LV I'm lucky to be able to fish a lot and catch a lot of walleyes.  I love to eat walleyes, but one meal a week is plenty for me and my usual fishing partners.  Got to mix it up with steaks, pork chops, smash burgers, brisket and so on.  The number of fish we keep will not change based on this request.  The wild card is the number of non-local fishermen coming here because the Canadian border remains closed.  Not condemning or stereotyping them but my experience is that they are likely to eat several meals of walleye while they are here and take their 4 home with them.  That's legal and their right.  If I could only fish here a few days a year I might do the same.  What we really need is for the border to open to take some pressure off of LV.

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So instead of posting signs about the voluntary conservation plan, we should just post signs saying that the Canadian border is actually open. It might work on the dumb ones!

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Went out tonight by myself for 2-1/2 hours. Caught over twenty crappies, kept six smaller one's for dinner for my wife and I. I'm going to practice more c/r from now on, especially with crappies, too valuable of of resource, all we need is a meal or so a week. Regarding walleye's, never really a problem catching too many for me😀. Once the crappie bite ends and walleye season starts, one meal a week and two will take care of dinner.

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