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Paul Rohweller

Proposed Little Pine slot

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Paul Rohweller

Later this fall there will be a meeting for those on either side of the proposed little pine slot limit on walleyes. The slot will be identical to thae one in place on little macdonald. 18 to 26 inchers immediately released back to the water. Personally I am in favor of the slot to protect the larger fish. Anyone else have an opinion they want to share?
The meeting will be put on by the Fergus Falls fisheries office. Paul

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Paul Rohweller
Pine to Prairie Guide Service
218-962-3387
http://fishingminnesota.com/pinetoprairie

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minneman

Personaly, I have had some great fishing on lil mac. If the slot can do the same on lil pine, Im all for it!

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zeek

I'm all for it. I hope everyone will understand how a slot like this can really help the lake,

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fishermatt

I think it would be a good thing, and Big and Little Pine are the perfect lakes to try it on. I've fished these lakes my whole life, and there's always been a cycle of good and bad fishing. Once the walleye population gets to be of a good size, the lakes get hammered until the nice ones are all but gone, then it's 3-5 years of bad fishing until another year class comes up. I believe a slot limit would keep the fishing a lot more consistent, and make the size structure a LOT better!

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Jay R

I am all in favor of the slot limits, I have never fished Lil Mac but have a few friends that do very often and they love the slot limit. The fishing according to them is very good and they feel its all due to the releasing of the slot fish. I know some people grumble about all the regulations but hey, take 5 minutes to read the book!!! Its not a big inconvienence, for the potencial benifit. Thanks for the up-date Paul.

Jay

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Smitty

I would support a slot, but myself would prefer it be widened just a bit (to say 19" or 20"). I personally don't keep anything under 15", so 15-18" is a little tight for those of us who only get to spend 5-10 days a week on the lake.

Just my $.02, from the perspective of a visitor to the Pines..

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minneman

man! you fish alot!..up to 10 days a week!

couldnt resist

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Smitty

LOLOLOL .... Sorry, 10 days a year (in the Ottertail/Perham area anyway)..

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Scoot

I would strongly support a slot on the Pines. Personally, I'd love to see something like- nothing over 18.5 inches kept with NO BIG FISH being kept at all. The Pines can produce very large fish- why not keep them in there! Yes, I know you can encourage C & R of the biggies- but I'm starting to be convinced that too many idiots will refuse to put back big ones. Some of them because they are ignorant, others (I believe) will keep big ones just to piss off the real sportsman (maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed- but I'm become quite jaded by the people who fish who aren't at all sportsman-like).
Also my $.02!
Scoot

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schweady

Little Pine is my main lake. I personally impose on myself a 14-20 inch keeper slot. Bigger and smaller go back. (a 30+ I might be tempted to mount.) My logs show a steady increase in average length over the past 6 years. 1996 average was 12" - very few meals that year - with a 1" increase in average each year to this spring's 18" average. That's a very nice fillet, why fry anything much larger? It pains me to see either hogs or cigars strung up, but both ways can hurt future outings, I believe.

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