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Old 07-09-2021, 01:22 AM
Anonymouse Anonymouse is offline
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Originally Posted by LV guy View Post
"A little reading comprehension can go a long ways.
"the natural course is not sufficient to replace that fish" IMPLIES that if the lake is not able to repopulate naturally then when you take a fish does not matter.
It ALSO IMPLIES that if it IS capable of repopulating, then that fish's portion of eggs being removed pre-spawn DOES POSSIBLY matter - or CAN have an impact on the natural re-population IF "the natural course is not sufficient to replace that fish" - i.e.; there is not enough surplus re-population to be able to spare that fish's egg load.
It's all in there, you just have to finger it out.
It's not a "broad generalization", it's a statement of FACT !"

What a crock of BS. We have closed seasons and slot limits in MN in order to protect reproducing female walleyes. Killing spawn-filled females prior to spawn has negative implications on walleye populations.
LOL, you just reinforced REW's (and Anonymouse's agreement with it) viewpoint.
Reductio ad absurdum:
Harvest 100% of the fertile female walleyes before spawn and before the closed season - how many eggs will they lay IN season?
Slot limits do protect the spawn but are always implemented post-facto, and that's not always going to save your fishery.

The percentages might change but the point is still there - taking females from a sustainable population CAN & WILL impact the population if you take too many.
Let us not forget that not every fish caught and released survives release TO spawn and so must be included in the harvest assessment total.

Last edited by Anonymouse; 07-09-2021 at 01:26 AM.
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