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Old 06-15-2021, 02:00 PM
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I'm in southern Minnesota and the local lakes has always been good for crappy and blue gill fishing. This open water season I haven't caught a keeper size fish yet. I release most of the fish I catch and keep engough for a couple of meals a year. I talked to many of the local cabin owners and they have all told me this past winter there was heavy fishing pressure all winter. With all the new tech I feel more fish are being taken. The days of sitting on a five gallon bucket, drilling the hole by hand and putting on your coveralls is over. Yes I do have tech on my boat but not the live view or 360 type.
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:20 PM
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I'm in southern Minnesota and the local lakes has always been good for crappy and blue gill fishing. This open water season I haven't caught a keeper size fish yet. I release most of the fish I catch and keep engough for a couple of meals a year. I talked to many of the local cabin owners and they have all told me this past winter there was heavy fishing pressure all winter. With all the new tech I feel more fish are being taken. The days of sitting on a five gallon bucket, drilling the hole by hand and putting on your coveralls is over. Yes I do have tech on my boat but not the live view or 360 type.
Its sure in the hel* isn't helping !!!!!
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:21 PM
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:58 PM
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I donít know but the question really should be, is recreational fishing hurting the fish? Obviously, some studies need to be done but thereís no question that limits get set based on expected harvest. If the old models of harvest that had both hard and soft water seasons shorter, and maybe didnít account for technological changes that increase effective time on the water, are out of line than they need to be changed. Again, I donít know that is the case. I do fully support studies to find out if it is the case.


If year round pressure is up AND itís hurting resources thereís a lot of options for dealing with it that donít single out a particular group of fishermen. But until we know thereís a problem I think pointing fingers or speculation about which changes are best/most likely/fairest is counterproductive.
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Old 06-15-2021, 03:48 PM
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Fishing is hurting fishing. The fact that so many people view a day on the water as a meal opportunity puts extreme pressure on populations. Even more so when open season coincides with the spawn and so many fish take pre-spawn fish home to fry.

Dead fish don't spawn and make more fish...take a few but leave the rest.
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Old 06-15-2021, 04:22 PM
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Fishing is hurting fishing. The fact that so many people view a day on the water as a meal opportunity puts extreme pressure on populations. Even more so when open season coincides with the spawn and so many fish take pre-spawn fish home to fry.

Dead fish don't spawn and make more fish...take a few but leave the rest.
Unless a fish is spawning it is a pre-spawn fish.
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:42 PM
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I would venture to say there both damaging each other with this pandemic in effect ! Everybody and their cousins are out and about 🤔
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:44 PM
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The days of sitting on a five gallon bucket, drilling the hole by hand and putting on your coveralls is over.
Yep, the only thing more archaic is that the state of MN is still allowing people to catch and keep 50 panfish per day (sunfish 20, perch 20, and crappie 10 = combined 50). Yikes, that seems like a lot.
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I know from living close to a large population center that has a lot of little lakes scattered within an hour drive of half the population of the state that it doesn't matter if it is ice fishing or open water fishing. If someone posts on a local fishing message board or face book site that there is a hot pan fish or walleye bite on any lake, within a day you can't find a parking spot at the launch and within 2 weeks the class year that was biting has been wiped out.
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:30 PM
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These are complicated questions and predicaments whether we like it or not people are allowed to keep limits and if no size limit they are allowed to keep what ever size they want. We have to rely on the experts to set sustainable limits based on their best information for that body of water. Sportsmans need and wants are only a part of the equation the economic part of this is a major factor like it or not. We have to express our concerns to those that will listen and try to educate those coming up to try and preserve what we have. Just came back from a week of fishing on the Chippewa flowage caught a lot of walleyes but only one that was big enough to keep which is not unusual for that lake why that is I dont know but has been that way for years. I keep thinking that some year a year class of fish will be legal size and over but maybe all the legals are caught and kept. Crappie fishing varies from year to year but we keep a couple bunches to have two fish frys while we are there and bring back a couple bags of fillets for home use. It was my grandsons (13 yrs old) first time hope it will continue to produce for him. Good scenery great bunch of guys 12 years running and 7 1/2 hr drive, close to a Canadian adventure as we can get that has so much to offer
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