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Old 04-24-2012, 03:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Myself personally, I don't like keeping trophy fish of any species, and no smallies or buckets what so ever. What do you feel is best to toss back for each species and why?

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I'll keep a few crappie, perch, bluegill, and catfish every year... Just enough for one meal. Last week I kept 3 11-13 inch crappie for dinner.... I release anything that's bigger than one meal including catfish. I'd much rather take home one or two 18 inch cats for a fish fry than a 10lber.... I also only keep fish from bigger bodies of water that I don't feel like a little selective harvest will hurt anything.

Years ago I kept a few fish to get skin mounts... One ended up getting ruined when my freezer went out, and the other one I actually got mounted from a friend of a friend. It looks like hell.....Even for a trophy I feel the best way to capture that fish is a replica. EchoHawk taxidermy is going to do my 50 plus inch Tiger Muskie...Just have to catch the mother trucker first.

Trophys and all bass get released!!! Why? because I don't suck.
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Big ones go back.
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Anything over 4" goes back...
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Anything over 4" goes back...
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Trophys and all bass get released!!!
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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In Colorado....
All LM and SM Bass go back
All Wipers/Stripers go back
All Catfish go back
All Carp go back
All Lakers go back
All trout go back (unless they are floaters then I give them to anyone who wants them)
White bass under 15 and over 20"s go back
Walleye over 22"s go back (where legal 15-22"s go home)
Crappie under 12 and over 15"s go back
Bluegills under 5"s used as bait, all others go back
Perch under 10" over 15"s go back

I guess it all just comes down to what you like to eat. I'm totally against freezing fish, so if I'm going to keep fish (rarely) I try to just keep what I can eat in one meal.
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