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02-11-2008 08:06 PM
epic
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

I normally release panfish cause I dont eat them... but I tell you what I caught about 20 or so 4.5-5 inch perch today and I would of traded all that action for 2 10 inchers in a heart beat, and 10 inch perch arent even big perch. If you are going to clean the fish and eat it and you can get meat off a 5 inch perch keep them, who cares.



02-11-2008 07:54 PM
iron_mammoth
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

Last year went to a local lake & had the ranger put me right on a perch school. My lack of skills and bad timing kept me from catching all but one fish and that was caught right before it was time to leave. So the 10" perch I caught went right back in the water. He told me to please keep any perch I could find just because the perch population was over whelming. How ever he also told me that I might get into a school of crappie & if I could release those that would be great because those we having a hard time becoming established in the lake. The crappie we caught went right back in as well. So I think it greatly depends on the species & the lake. Heck ask a ranger (if there is one) politely it worked for me.
02-11-2008 12:40 PM
hurltim
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

You know, the same rule applies to panfish as it does to bigger game fish: Removing the big fish is not necessarily a good thing.

I still debate myself over this subject. God knows I love a good perch fry and me, my brother and my dad have had more than our share of 150 plus perch days on Lake Michigan in the good old days. Now those days are gone. Could taking all the jumbos have something to do with it? Some experts say yes.

I think moderation is the key here. If you catch a few jumbos, send a few back and keep a few.

Big crappies are pretty rare in this state and keeping the monsters doesnt necessarily help that. Something to ponder for sure.
02-11-2008 09:29 AM
fishnphil
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

Exactly guys, it's very helpful to know something about the fisherie that you are fishing, or at least pay attention to what you are catching to start to learn about it.

Nothing like a guy who knows what everyone should do with every fish in every body of water, even ones they don't know exist.
02-11-2008 09:19 AM
hobiecat
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

I think it helps if people know the body of water they are fishing. Like LT mentioned, keeping every crappie you catch may be detrimental to the fishery. An example is Brush Hollow...I see people keeping six to eight inch crappie in a lake that I know will produce 10 to 13 inchers...It would be nice if they kept them over ten inches, within limits, and released the smaller fish.

Aurora...Aurora can grow large perch. It's probably best to restrict the number of smaller perch you catch within reason. Whereas Boyd seems to be full of smaller perch with the larger perch being few and far between...It probably could use some thinning. If you're never catching a larger perch and every perch is stunted. I would say keep some smaller perch and thin out the school.

A simple google search would show that many lakes contain stunted perch and over time, people don't fish those lakes or keep any fish at all resulting in a fishery that has to be chemically irradicated and re-stocked.

So, as mentioned before...Selective harvest based upon the fishery is probably the best way to go.
02-11-2008 08:51 AM
laker taker
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

Unitl the last few years, it was thought that no limit on Crappie COULD NOT HURT populations. That has been proven untrue. Fisheries that allowed "no limit" on crappies have seen a MAJOR decline in fishable populations of crappie. Most every state has gone to or is going to a limit on Crappie.

There is no infinite supply of any species of fish, this has been proven time and time again.

Selective harvest is the best PROVEN policy. Keeping everything is not healthy to the fishery.

02-11-2008 08:18 AM
roadkill
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

Quote:
Originally Posted by FishnPhil
If you are going to eat them, then who cares?

If we are really talking only about panfish, they breed like rabbits and can quickly take over places, stunting their own growth in the process, competing with other fish for food, etc.

If all you are catching is real small fish from a place, might help to thin the herd a tiny bit, especially places where people don't fish much or don't keep much out of.
like dragonfly @ pella that pond is loaded with dink perch. please come catch and eat you limit often, maybe some of them will have a chance to become worthy
02-11-2008 07:54 AM
fishnphil
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

If you are going to eat them, then who cares?

If we are really talking only about panfish, they breed like rabbits and can quickly take over places, stunting their own growth in the process, competing with other fish for food, etc.

If all you are catching is real small fish from a place, might help to thin the herd a tiny bit, especially places where people don't fish much or don't keep much out of.
02-11-2008 07:51 AM
roadkill
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

Quote:
Originally Posted by dloring
I don't think DBM has started working yet.

I caught several tiny bluegills from DBM's spot. They are a beatch to scale but they are certainly good eats. Didn't fillet them, just fried them up once cleaned and scaled. Wish I could get into some bigger ones tho.
yep scaling them little buggers is a pain, but they are tasty
02-11-2008 07:21 AM
dloring
Re: Keeping tiny panfish opinions

I don't think DBM has started working yet.

I caught several tiny bluegills from DBM's spot. They are a beatch to scale but they are certainly good eats. Didn't fillet them, just fried them up once cleaned and scaled. Wish I could get into some bigger ones tho.
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