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> 2020 Walleye Slot Size?
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Posted: Oct 24, 2019 - 03:22 pm


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Gill nets are not studied, we are not allowed to discuss. I assume having the size limit around 45 cm and over is in place, because there will be very few of these fish caught. If there was a slot that included 35cm to say 45 cm fish everybody would have there 2 fish limit every time out. Simple math, numbers game, we lose.

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Posted: Nov 04, 2019 - 08:58 am


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I could see a low risk version with one walleye under 46cm and one over 46cm. Since the over 46cm fish are 1 in 30 for most anglers they still won't make up much of the catch but the one under 46cm will increase total harvest by anglers significantly.....for those that feel constrained by the present regulations.

Given most commercially harvested fish are less than 46cm it would make managing first maturing females a bit more of a challenge but where else are they to come from?

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Posted: Nov 04, 2019 - 09:36 am


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The problem would then become possession. One under 46cm is not a great meal for more than one person. Would you be able to keep more in your freezer? How would we be able to manage this? How would enforcement know if what we possess is regulation or not... lots of questions on that side too!

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Posted: Nov 04, 2019 - 10:29 am


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Once most of the fish reach present keeper size 18.1 they prob. will revert back to old system of 2 under 15.75, next summer maybe imo

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Posted: Nov 04, 2019 - 04:09 pm


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If they were going to reach the keeper size of 18.1, they would have already.

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Posted: Nov 04, 2019 - 04:21 pm


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No sense beating a dead fish but yes you are correct in your timeline.

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Posted: Nov 04, 2019 - 09:16 pm


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It is highly unlikely that there will be any change in the recreational fishing regulations until the Walleye population has increased to meet the management target.

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Posted: Nov 05, 2019 - 10:49 am


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We've been waiting for the average size to increase for many years now.

It ain't gonna happen, don't hold your breath.

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Posted: Nov 05, 2019 - 03:44 pm


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QUOTE (FishBio @ Nov 04, 2019 - 09:16 pm)
It is highly unlikely that there will be any change in the recreational fishing regulations until the Walleye population has increased to meet the management target.

it will never get there as long as there is commercial fishing going on

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