They do! I was there for their final "weigh inn" and no fish were involved!!
Green Bay/Lower Bay, Brown County
Doesn't the AIM series take pictures and measurements of dish during their tournaments? It would seem that would be the best way to save all these big fish. I heard of a lot of big dead walleye from the weigh ins in Marinette Wednesday and Saturday as well.
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Put in at Oconto on Sunday am. The Sheboygan Walleye club was having their tournament that day. Breakwater Park was packed by 6:00am. with all the rigs. I fished South about 5 miles in 35 feet. Pretty good action on crawler's in the heavy chop.Kept enough for a dinner and 1 pack for the freezer. Released a nice 26 incher. Just an obversation at the cleaning station. The Oconto Sportsman Club was cleaning the dead walleye from the tournament for a food pantry which is a great thing! I saw one team come in with a cooler of dead I'm sure females the size I released to swim and spawn again. They told me a few years ago when it was real hot they cleaned over 600 walleyes from this tournament! Maybe it's time to not have actual weigh ins with fish that have been pounded around in livewells at 50 mph in 78 degree weather and 3 foot chop.Dont get me wrong I think tournaments are great fun but with our smart phones taking pics in tournament supplied measuring troughs possibly isn't there a better way to save these fish from all the stress? I live near Oconto and have seen the fishing pressure get heavier and heavier. This year has been pretty crazy to say the least. If we dont start thinking about this it could end up like the Green Bay yellow perch that once was some of the best fishing in the midwest! I never had the oppourtunity to experience that but have had older locals tell me about it. Again I'm not against tournaments but we need to find another way to decide the winners and let these big girls go to keep this fishery what it is! OUT!!
To Troll Troll Troll: I went for perch last Wed 8/17 out of Bayshore. Got nothing but gobies, white perch, sheep and 2 small cats. Tried outside the breakwater, by the "green roof" and numerous other spots. Fished from 9 to 18 fow. Used crawlers, worms & minnows. Nothing seemed to work. Guess I'll go back to fishing walleye....now that I think of it....I caught more perch while trolling for eyes than I did last Wed. Good luck....hope you find them.
Went out of Bayshore with a buddy yesterday. We fished about 6 hrs. Because of the rough weather we stayed in close to shore 14-16 fow. It did calmed down a little by mid-morning. Pulled cranks all day. Finished with 5 keepers 15-21", couple of shorts & some sheep.