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Old 05-14-2007, 09:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Just wondering what everyone else does when they get Pike out of the lakes where they encourage harvesting them regardless of size? I've had some 30+ fish days and I feel bad keeping all those fish when I know I can't/won't eat them ALL. Personally I throw the big (30 inch+) fish back and keep all the smaller ones. I live in the mountains and apparently the foxes, coyotes, and coons love em. I have a ditch near my home I put the ones that are too small to filet in and every morning I go back to see if they're gone and sure enough they are. I've thrown as many as 12 down there at night and there's not a morsel left in the morning.
I figure the big ones eat bigger fish and they eat less often so they aren't as detrimental to the fishery as the smaller ones who eat frye and lots of them. Not to mention I love catching the big fish and if we harvest them all the average size will get smaller. Give me your opinion.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I usually only keep enough to eat myself, but in lakes that encourage harvesting I'll just get a bunch of people together for a fish fry that night. I usually only keep the ones that are 15" or more and toss the littler ones back to grow some more. My recipe is a cajun beer batter, fried golden and served with a butter-mustard sauce. It's like a little heaven on earth, and the misses will even eat it.
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I throw everthing back
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that sounds tastey... *
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Can I get that recipe?
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If anyone wants the Cajun Beer Batter & Mustard Sauce recipe please PM me and I will send it to you.*
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Everyone back!!!! Like all of my fish except when I am camping and feel like cooking and eating fish (less than 5 fish in 4 years or something like that).

30" all back for sure please everyone, would rather anything over 25" end back up in the water.
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Old 05-15-2007, 01:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I usually throw them all back. Any trophies that I catch and want mounted I just get several pictures and measurements of the fish so that I can get a reproduction mount made. Throwing these fish back might give a kid that catches it one of the greatest memories of his life, and keep him and his kids fishing for life. We need all the Sportsmen we can get. Good Luck!!


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Old 05-15-2007, 09:24 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Put em back, if I want trout I fish a river. Oh and I caught (yes and released above my limit) @ twenty trout at the fork last week which all had pink flesh showing they were not stockers and have been in the lake a while. Guess you can catch pike and trout in the same lake.
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