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I generally release the majority of fish I catch. I am looking for some good guidelines on what size fish should be released for different species. For example what walleye should be released on the mississippi, Lake Peppin, area. Another question I have is what about trout.... do trout reproduce in Foster Ar... I don't think they do. Also I am aware of the new guidelines at Chester Woods but in addition to that what size Bluegills and Crappies should be released. I enjoy the resources we have and i just want to make sure I am doing my part to make sure others can enjoy them in the future.

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Jim W

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Not much for trout reproduction in Foster Arends(at least that is what I have learned).
The best eating size trout is on that 9 to 11 inch range!!
On this MISS you need to obey the 15 inch walleye minimum, but follow usual catch and release practices. Let the larger females go! Keeping a occasional 18-20 incher for the fry-pan won't hurt much, but like trout the little guys are the tastiest(is that a word?) Besides the longer a fish has lived in the MISS the better chance it has been contaminated. Who knows if I helped? Jim W

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