Does not matter . South. East. West. North. You can't take a 27 inch walleye in boat take photos and release later. Read regs guys. Poise up.
Just another comment here from the peanut gallery.....
Why no measuring tape in the boat at all times??? Basic tool ! Would suggest a stick on decal type applied somewhere on the inside of the boat. Immediate access and Helps to minimize handling.
Also, a DNR warden might have had something to say about bringing a 27 onshore, even if intending to release. If it went into your livewell, and/or you transported it, that was "possession." If someone had no way to measure, and did not know the length, should have taken pics on the boat,then immediately released. People need to read and understand the fishing regs.
MOON PHASE (8%)
Caught in July not May... Also you need to not hang big fish by their gills like that. Another good way to kill them... Use your other hand to support them under the belly please. Saw enough big fish floating dead bc of mishandling in early summer.
MOON PHASE (14%)
That 27 caught in May is fine. The water is cool and if you have a livewell, the fish don't suffer at all. Get the picture and let her go, I did the same for my kid a couple of years ago. Here is my first and best eye from lake wi this year. 27 spawned out, Mid April in the mouth.