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Col Ron, Guide
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:20 pm    Post subject: Slot Limits Reply with quote

I did some checking on a couple of posts and rumors going around about slots on northerns, and the new legislation. The following is a quote from Andy Thompson, Large Lake Specialist, DNR, Bemidji office:

The new "one over" regulation is a statewide rule that was passed by the MN state legislature last year. It is one walleye over 20" per day - not in possession. There are currently no slot size limits in effect for either walleye or northern pike on any lakes on the Cass Lake Chain, including Pike Bay. The nearest lake with a northern pike slot would be Big Lake, which is connected to Andrusia, but is not navigable by motor boat.

Further: Something else you may be interested in is the newly proposed statewide 48" minimum length limit for muskellunge. We are currently in the public input phase of this proposal, and comments will be taken for the next 6 months. As it now stands, the earliest this regulation could be implemented would be the spring of 2007.
Thanks Andy for the headsup.

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The Texan
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good research there Colonel, as I have said before, the slot limits on redfish and speckled trout have really made/allowed for a huge comeback of both species....Only problem I have is there are occasions where a trout is caught, brought to the boat only to find it gill hooked. You know it will never survive but the current rule structure does not allow you to keep these types of "damaged" fish.

I've had this happen on numerous occasions catching pike while trolling, you know there is no way the fish will survive but what are you supposed to do? This mostly happens to smaller pike that I would never even consider keeping, guess they end up feeding the local eagles?

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Clark
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron,

Just got off the phone with Andy Thompson, he had no idea about page 5 "New Regulations" so he made a few calls and got back to me - basically he said it's a misprint on page 5 about the daily and possession.
Here is a piece of email Andy sent to me;
>>> Linda Erickson-Eastwood 02/21/2006 06:00:31 PM >>>
Statewide vs Experimental and Special Regulations, Border Waters, and daily vs. possession

I understand that some of you may have questions about how the new statewide limit of "only 1 walleye over 20 daily" should be applied.

The statewide walleye limit is "1 over 20 daily "; consequently, a person can have in possession 6 walleye over 20 inches as long as they only take one each day.

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Col Ron, Guide
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Clark for calling Andy, and Thanks Andy for your information. Hopefully, we can open up some lines of communication here.

Texan,

I know exactly what you mean. My daughter caught a 29" walleye, two years ago(many of you saw the picture). One of the gill plates was hooked and it broke one of the gills during the fight. Blood was dripping down the side of the fish, my daughter knew it was not good. The fish is routinely released in my boat. With a tear in her eye, she kept it. Talk about mixed emotions! In the case when the injured fish you caught, is not legal, since there is no good answer, we have to follow the law, and I know you do. The way I look at it, the fish is "recycled" and adds to the entire balancing system. The gulls, and Bald Eagles will benefit from the dead fish.

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Allen Weston
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: 1 over 20 Reply with quote

I will offer my two cents on this one. I think it is a very good law and will abide by it. I only hope the tournament fisherman will or will they give the 20" + fish aride untill they catch a bigger one and return the stressed fish back. Also will these 20" and + fish go thru the Natives nets? Just a thought. BUCK
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some years ago, we were trolling on Lake Michigan. When it came time to go home, we started pulling in lines. On one of the lines was a 11 inch salmon, DEADER than a door nail. Because of size limits, we thru this dead fish back. We were under our limits on the amount we caught, and this one fish would not have changed anything. But rather than get caught with an under size fish, we thru this dead guy back.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Allen,

In the tournaments, they will "Upgrade" their fish, which means the smaller fish in the livewell goes back in the water. Normally, the livewells do a good job keeping these fish in good shape, they have to. If they bring in a fish that is dead, they are penalized.

After fishing the Professional Walleye Tournament (PWT) on Cass Lake two years ago, I don't know if I will do it again. I believe they will be returning. Ethically, they need to improve.

Col. Ron
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