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Old 05-12-2020, 10:12 AM
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They really got detailed on areas and limits in zone 5.


https://www.ontario.ca/document/onta...agement-zone-5
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Old 05-12-2020, 10:50 AM
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It is what it is.I find more and moŕe most guys really not interested in taking fish home.Have also heard the fish they did take never got used up.So if i have a couple of guests with me and they eat 24 walleyes during there week and dont takeca limit back thats 8 fish more in the lake.Adds up to a lot of fish on lets say Eagle over the season.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:13 PM
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I have been fishing a lake in the Perrault Falls area for over 30 years. I have been going to the same camp at the same time every year. I will tell you the fishing is better now than it was in the 90s. The reason I believe is the limits have been reduced and promoting "catch and release". The average size is bigger by far. I realize I know the lake a lot better but the first timers in our group have better luck without a lot of help other than marking a map for them. If I was going to do one thing to help fishing I would make the limit two fish per day. You could do this by reducing the cost of a conservation license more than it is now. The camp I go to promotes "catch and release" with a drawing at the end of the season for a free trip.
Maybe the guests wouldn't catch so many if they didn't have a guide to put them on fish. (just kidding).
This year my 32 consecutive year run will be broken (June). I would consider a late August or early September trip if it can be arranged.
Here is hoping.

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Old 05-19-2020, 05:48 AM
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I have been going to the same camp at the same time every year. I will tell you the fishing is better now than it was in the 90s. The reason I believe is the limits have been reduced and promoting "catch and release". The average size is bigger by far.
I agree Billy. My group has been fishing Lac Seul since 1985. We have hit basically the same areas on Lac Seul for all these years. When the protected slot limit was introduced (18"-21"), it did take a few years, but we could see a noticeable improvement in the size of the fish we were catching.

I also think that this "break" on the fishing pressure will help improve the fishing slightly in the years to come - after all - there WILL be more fish still available and more to continue to reproduce........
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:04 AM
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As a young lad, I especially remember the time on LOW following WWII. Most of the male population had been involved in the war effort and did little fishing. U.S. fishermen were either in the services or could not get to the fishing waters due to gas and tire rationing. Following an exodus for 4-5 years, the fishing after was an incredible dream, simply unbelievable to those who were not there.

This year, the absence of bunches of fishermen for this quite-a-bit-shorter duration (Hopefully), should result in a more productive spawn, for fish like crappie and walleye. As John remarked, probably no massive difference will be perceived for a few years.

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Old 05-19-2020, 06:05 PM
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As a young lad, I especially remember the time on LOW following WWII. Most of the male population had been involved in the war effort and did little fishing. U.S. fishermen were either in the services or could not get to the fishing waters due to gas and tire rationing. Following an exodus for 4-5 years, the fishing after was an incredible dream, simply unbelievable to those who were not there.

This year, the absence of bunches of fishermen for this quite-a-bit-shorter duration (Hopefully), should result in a more productive spawn, for fish like crappie and walleye. As John remarked, probably no massive difference will be perceived for a few years.

Bill
That's an interesting scenario...glad you had a chance to experience it. A one year hiatus can only improve things. Bass will not be pulled off their spawning beds this year. Weed-beds might remain intact longer without daily musky anglers ripping them up. Birds / mammals will adapt to a new environment with fewer humans. More spawning age walleye will make it through the season to reproduce. Heck, maybe we should do this more often!
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Old 05-19-2020, 06:15 PM
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Ya let’s do this more often but let’s do it from November to may I’m in
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:26 PM
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Bass are way overabundant at this latitude now. Not sure why anyone including resort owners would want this. Don’t believe me, talk to anyone that used to fish walleyes on mille lacs, key point being used too
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Old 05-19-2020, 07:43 PM
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Bass are way overabundant at this latitude now. Not sure why anyone including resort owners would want this. Don’t believe me, talk to anyone that used to fish walleyes on mille lacs, key point being used too
Well, I'm not so sure. Eagle was stocked in the 30's, as were most lakes in the NW. I've been fishing the lake since the late 70's and the population of bass seems to be static to this day. Some trophy fish but they are not a primary species. Perhaps it's the musky or other predators that mille lacs doesn't have.....not sure on that one. As far as being a camp owner having multiple species to fish for is exciting and good for business. I have multiple groups from the south that love to target bass in early June. After that bass are not a usual catch....I don't see any till maybe in the fall. So overabundant might apply to your situation, but not here.
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Old 05-20-2020, 05:01 AM
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talk to anyone that used to fish walleyes on mille lacs, key point being used too
This is just a FYI: I live on the north shore of Lake Mille Lacs and the fishing regs. for Mille Lacs this year only allow "catch and release" (NO keeping of any walleyes this year due to over harvesting this past Winter from ice fishing).

To show the impact of COVID-19 (and the fact that hardly anyone is working) -- there were probably just as many boats out fishing on walleye opener (May 9th) this year as there used to be "back in the day". We had not seen that many boats out there for at least 5 years.

Mille Lacs DOES now have an abundance of smallmouth bass and we do also have muskies.
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