Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Dumb slot limit question


broncosguy711

Recommended Posts

what happens if you are fishing on Mille Lacs and you catch a 22" waleye, but is bleeding bad and will not survive? do you push it back down the hole? what is done in this situation? just trying to cover all bases for when I am up there.

thanks-

Broncs

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bronco, thats not such a dumb question, its a very good question. The slot is "release all fish between 20 and 28 inches", so no matter the condition of the fish, the law says you must release it, even though the ethical sportsman in you tells you that you probably should not. It does not matter what condition the fish is in, the DNR wants you to return that fish to the water and take a chance that it might survive. Even if you should happen to miss handle the fish and drop it and kill it stone cold dead, you would most likely get a ticket for it if you were found with it. Believe me I am willing to bet the DNR officers hear every excuse in the book and they probably won't have much pitty on you if they find you breaking the slot law.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks, That is what I figured, but there are probably some out there that think mortality might have something to do with getting around it maybe.

Broncs.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Think of it from the DNR's view. There's probably been people out there that keep non-keepers and kill them with the hook on purpose. Just to have an excuse.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hopefully, if possible we can follow a little of the advise and clip the line if the hook is buried deep. If you read the recommended way you are suppose to leave about a inch of line outside the side edge of the fishes mouth. Supposedly, this allows the hook to lay flat while the fish is eating and until the hook can dissolve and fall out.

We can only hope that the mortality is not too high.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree with clipping the line. I caught a 26" eye on Pelican near Orr that had a line sticking out of his mouth. I am pretty sure that it had been released and seemed to be just fine. It is like letting that little buck walk by. If you let him walk, he has a chance to get bigger but... someone else might shoot him. The only thing that is a fact at that moment,is if you shoot him or in this case keep the fish, it will be dead 100% of the time.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Oldehulse06
      Going up to visit family at Mille lacs 4th of July weekend. Given the current fishing restrictions and the fact that I don’t have a boat, does anyone know any good shore/kayak fishing lakes in the Mille lacs area?
    • JBMasterAngler
      Spent yesterday afternoon wading the upper croix. Water actually seemed a little low. There was lots of floating grass, so my traditional approach of using a fire tiger jointed rapala was unusable. Tried a whopper plopper for a bit, which avoided floating grass better, but I just didn’t have confidence in using it. So since it seemed like the crayfish outnumbered the rocks, I decided to use a weightless Texas rigged plastic craw. Caught 3 smallies, and a pike.   
    • h8go4s
      Here's the actual water level as of Saturday, 6-25. It has dropped some but still is 4 feet above the rule curve. This is updated daily; it's just too early in the day for Sunday's data to be posted. You can check it yourself here: http://www.lwcb.ca/waterflowdata.html
    • Wanderer
      @chaffmj, never mind.  I decided to take a cruise on up there today.  Had a couple popple tops in the driveway but nothing I couldn’t clear.  Nice to see the area again.
    • BrianF
      Ludlows and Muskego both hit hard.  The Dayton place had a lot of big trees down, not sure of structural damage.  Some say a tornado skipped thru that area.  Looking at the destruction, I could believe it.  I feel bad for those impacted by this storm.   Below are a few snap shots of common sights around the area a day or two after the storm. 
    • Wanderer
      Mike, was there a lot of damage in the Ely area?
    • leech~~
      Drove through Annandale last Tuesday and was really bummed to still only see the old cement slab at Little Jim's. Hope they can get it built-back-better! 🙂
    • bfisherman11
      I heard recently the water level had gone down some. Sound like folks are re really dealing with a mess.    Fishing pictures look like a good year in that regard.   Hope the property loss isn't terrible but seems bad.   Bill 
    • Kettle
      Yesterday was a grind to find bigger fish but we landed a few. Only 3 fish overall but they were all nice fish, all C&R. I do believe the sunfish are out of the shallows besides small ones. Thursday I took the nephews out and didn't see any on beds.  
    • redlabguy
      Glad you keep coming back, Mark. And glad you still know the way to catch a slew of walleyes. I wish i could’ve learned more while you were here. But I appreciate all the information you provide on what worked for you.  Strange year. We just got part of our dock in and our boat. I fished a couple hours this morning for the first time on a Frazer hump you know and caught ten under 12” and one keeper which I released… a nice 26+“. I’m hoping more to come soon. I hope all is well with you, Dick
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.