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Old 09-08-2006, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A study on why the CO size limits on fish is stupid

http://www.sciencentral.com/articles...e_id=218392823

Sorry for not saying more its late Ill talk in the morning but to sum it up our own efforts to make bigger fish by only keeping the big ones and leaving the small ones will eventually make for all small fish.
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Old 09-08-2006, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Minimum size limits are not made to grow trophy fishing waters, its to ensure that people have fish to catch.* This is more important to the DOW then trophy water.* There are plenty of catch and release waters in Colorado which hold larger fish and great healthy fisheries like 11mile and Spinney that hold trophy fish.



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Old 09-08-2006, 12:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That's interesting. And thought provoking.

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Old 09-08-2006, 12:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just read a similar article in In-Fisherman today.
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"This shows that the little fish aren't always just the younger ones, as our regulations implicitly assume – they're also slower-growing and genetically disadvantaged in other ways."
This may be the most important statement in the whole article. Little fish may not just be young, they may be genetically inclined to be just plain little fish. I've always believed in letting the really big ones go, but my reason was because big fish produce a lot more eggs. Now I have another reason as well.

Nice find, scchase.

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Old 09-08-2006, 07:34 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Definitely a good read. Thanks for the link!
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Might also explain why you read posts where everyone is catching sub-legal size walleyes/bass and hope next year they will all be bigger. Scary to think they are just runts...lol.
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Might also explain why you read posts where everyone is catching sub-legal size walleyes/bass and hope next year they will all be bigger. Scary to think they are just runts...lol.
What would be even scarier (and this is just a rhetorical comment not meant to start a debate) is if the wildlife agencies took a study like this, decided to do some fish netting/shocking so that they could capture the big ones pull them out of the lakes, relocate them to rearing ponds, and use them for studs at the hatcheries in order to keep the good genes. What a "Brave New World" that would be.

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Old 09-08-2006, 08:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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The state of Alaska would pay for the replica mount of a 60 pound plus Kenai King if you released it back to the water (I don't think they are still doing this though). The purpose was to encourage sport anglers to release the BIG Kings thus continuing the genetic strain of 7 year old trophy sized Kings in the Kenai river.

I've believed in the big fish/genetic theory for a long time.
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Its simple evolution, not that I totally buy that but....
If we keep all the big ones, its gonna weed out those genes. and the small ones we release....if one bass takes 3 years(i have no clue) to get to 15". and another take 5 years, which one has reproduced more?
maybe they figure thou, that if you have a pretty big limit, like 15" smallie.
that every fish is going to have a chance to reproduce.

but I think walking eagle has a really really good point, which ive never even thought of. wow.... genius lol.

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This may be the most important statement in the whole article. Little fish may not just be young, they may be genetically inclined to be just plain little fish. I've always believed in letting the really big ones go, but my reason was because big fish produce a lot more eggs. Now I have another reason as well.

Nice find, scchase.

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