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Proposed Slots for 2003

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rmh2o

That would work for me it would be hard to turn down an improvement

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perchpro

We finally get a good slot limit!

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Back when it was 14 16 I looked at those 14 inchers and wanted to throw them back. They seem so small. I'm not sure what the majority of the fish will be season. Seems to me there are many large fish and fewer in the proposed range. I would be happy with an extra inch. I had to learn the hard way from the dnr last year when he claimed i was taking home a 17 and 1/8 inch fish. I still got the warning hung up in the house on mille lacs as a reminder.
This will be a good chance ask a question:

Has there ever been a proposition to make the millelacs limit a length limit? Say for instance, you could only take a limit of 50 inches of fish. You know? 1 28" and a 22" or something like that. I always thought it would be a great idea for Mille lacs. Every body's already pros at measuring fish.

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mrmillelacs

the last i heard, the tribe gave a unanimous thumbs down to that proposal, and said that it was ludicrous for the dnr to suggest a wider slot of any kind.

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I am totally against the slot system as it stands now. Let me explain...this summer I and hundreds of others helped destroy an entire class of fish, 14"-16", it doesn't make any sense to wipe out entire year classes like this. Wouldn't it make a hell of a lot more sense to let a guy keep a total length of fish ie. I could go out and keep 30 total combined inches of fish instead of 2, 3 or 4 all in the same year class. The way they are doing it now it will come back to haunt everyone.

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You know what! I'm just as sick of hearing about this as the next guy. Everyones tired of talking about it and nobody really gives a hoot anymore. But let me tell ya, Some day in the near future, history will be made, and I'm gonna be telling my grandkids about it. The day Mille lacs was free! (I'm not much of a motivational speaker) but you wait there will be a day when they'll have to get their birch bark canoes out and sharpen their spears! Just wait, its comin.

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waterwolff

You know I would be all for a combined inches of fish thing but could you imagine the wardens frustration now lets see 17 and 1/8 ah 22 and 3/16 and 14 and 5/8 I just dont think they have enough fingers and toes it would be mass confusion

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I think the DNR is trying to get the point across to the tribe, if the slot widens, people can get a limit and won't have to kill as many. These fish are year classes that also consumes most of the bait.

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Sounds fair enough to me, I have not visited mille lacs in a while, mainly because of the decline in the perch fishing, secondly because with the slot so tight, I didn't want to have to release so many fish, just to get a few for the pan.

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Waterwolf,
I have heard of a simple inexpensive tool the DNR could use to enforce a total fish length slot...it's called a calculator...he-he grin.gif

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Willy

I think that they should go back to the 16-18 inch slot. Then at least you would be able to keep a little better sized fish. Those 14 and 15 inch fish are almost too small to keep in my opinion.

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I Like Worms

"the last i heard, the tribe gave a unanimous thumbs down to that proposal, and said that it was ludicrous for the dnr to suggest a wider slot of any kind. "

The tribe voted? Since when in the "heck" did the dnr give a rat's [email protected]@ about what the tribe thinks. Do they legally have a say in DNR policy? Or are we just trying to be considerate and not piss them off so they abuse their treaty rights and take more fish for "spiritual needs".

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Alright look! I said everybody was tired of complaining about Mille Lacs. Worms, Your last statement is true. Yes they do have say. Please refer to my previous post

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Mykal

I hope I NEVER see as many starving walleyes die and float to shore as I did last summer. I just hope someone is paying attention to this stuff because wiping out future year classes is NOT the answer!

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TRZ

Any improvemnet would be good, last year i actually threw back some 14 ichers, i bet they weren't even a pound! some places have nice fat 14 inchers that are decent to keep but those little skinny guys were way too small, but i know many of them died only because of the slot. the inch thing is a great idea but you'll never see it. I'd like to see a rotating slot, say 15-17 for 2 weeks then 20-22, then 17-19 it would really help, maybe even a 2 fish over 23 for a while i wouldn't want to eat them that big but it would be a good solution, yet some of the undesirables i talked to up there this year were still going by last years slots, idiots like that would be truely lost with a rotaing slot!

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