Back out at 330 for my trip lots of crappies had to work for size . fishing was great until the water went flat then we had to work for them still a great time .finished with a dozen solid fish
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Got out for a few hours just messing around crappies were little then as time went on they grew a little nothing over 12 but still a good time
Clarity in information is one of the reasons I am a long-time Lake-Link member. I was incorrect in my definition of culling. After additional searching, the DNR (both Wis and Il) rules define it pretty clearly as illegal, as stated by other members.
As said…. Mr Bass's info is very wrong.
Chokeonthis29 summed it all up very well. I'll only add, if you are not keeping a fish to consume, just release it right away - that is by far giving it the best chance of survival. The added stress of floating around in a live well never helps.
Mr. Bass couldnt be more wrong. Once you place a fish in your livewell, stringer, fishbasket, cooler, etc...It is considered to be part of your limit. Whether you throw it back in, give it away, or try some magic tricks and make it disappear, its still part of your original limit. Once you hit the maximum number allowed of your bag limit, youre done. If you catch 5 and the limit is 5, youre done fishing for that species all together. Culling, or sorting is ILLEGAL in WI. The same thought process is applied to multiple anglers in a boat. Did you know that youre supposed to keep everyones catch separate? You can be ticketed for this if you do not. You need to be able to discern whos fish are whos. Although thin, they can pinch you for this. Read and understand the laws, ask a warden or call the DNR offices. I've been given some misinformation from the people behind the phones at the DNR offices. Essentially they are reading the same thing you have a question about and its a matter of their interpretation. The best bet is to talk to the local individual that has the ticket book youre trying to avoid........
Yes, once a fish limit is reached the next fish caught puts the fisherman over the limit--illegal. But if you check out different fishing sites, the definition of culling is different. In bass fishing, say the limit is 5. The fisherman may keep three in the boat (or even four), and then start 'culling' with each new fish caught. Thus, he never exceeds or even hits the max limit.
So I do not believe that 'culling' is illegal in and by itself. What is illegal is exceeding the daily limit.