Releasing Badly Hooked Fish

1/3/16 @ 7:12 PM
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Btown
Btown
USER since 4/7/10
Does anyone know the survival rate of walleyes/northerns that have a small treble hook in the gut? Occasionally a fish will swallow a bait yet I still want to release it if it has a reasonable chance to survive.
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1/19/16 @ 1:44 AM
Lectrotech
Lectrotech
USER since 11/19/09
Get to your tip-ups sooner. A few years back I fished Yellow Lake near Spooner. Told some guys they had a flag. The attitude was "yeah we know, just letting it swallow the bait". This was in about 30 FOW. We took home 3 N. Pike that day 2 had little Walleye minnows and little Walleye hooks in their digestive tracts. Obvious that you wouldn't have a good day if you woke up with a lump in your throat and a string hanging from your mouth.

I have released some badly hooked fish, and on a private pond have caught them again. It seems in my opinion they are pretty tough.

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1/18/16 @ 9:52 AM
dfresh
dfresh
USER since 1/2/06
Everyone who fishes should be educated on take out a deep set hook. here is a link to a youtube video to show you how to do it.

https://youtu.be/kCSx4PuLEnQ

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1/7/16 @ 4:19 PM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
USER since 12/22/04
shove it in your pants....is that a walleye in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

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1/7/16 @ 9:11 AM
migr8r
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USER since 2/8/11
I'd say the safest is if it legitimately is doomed for certain death is to call a warden and tell them what you have and I would suspect they'd either come get it, grant you permission to keep it or they may tell you to release it anyway. Can't hurt to call and ask.

Except for miniature panfish, I honestly don't recall ever catching a fish and have it die completely enough to be considered a carcass in the time it would take to take the hook out or cut it off. I really don't think a warden would buy the transporting to the garbage story. An illegal fish in your possession is just that regardless of your intentions.

Admittedly I've had muskies clamp on to short walleyes before I got them to the boat and knew there was no way it'd live if I released them. I just kept them and figured I'd take the ticket if I got caught.

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1/5/16 @ 6:17 AM
SnakeSter
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MEMBER since 7/9/12
That was exactly my point. The answer I was given, is not in writing anywhere I could find, and I did a lot of research before I called. I was also saying the Warden might be having a bad day, which wouldn't be good, unless they all received this training about the issue. It's a very rare occurrence, but I know it happens. ...... I see fishermen throw dead Gills in by evidence of floating fish all the time. We just keep them and it becomes part of our limit, because size doesn't matter with the Pan fish. What I know IS in writing is throwing a carcass in the water or on the ground is illegal. Catch 22!!!!!!!

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1/4/16 @ 8:31 PM
ayeFeesh
ayeFeesh
USER since 5/17/11
I don't doubt that one bit. I'm just saying I'd hate to see someone get pinched using that explanation.

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1/4/16 @ 7:48 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01
Yes, I use octopus hooks on tip ups for walleye and pike. I even use them for steelhead when I fish them on tip ups.

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1/4/16 @ 7:21 PM
SnakeSter
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MEMBER since 7/9/12
Ayefeesh, As I stated, The DNR representative, who was an officer, told me this on the phone. Hope you feel better, get well soon.

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1/4/16 @ 7:15 PM
ayeFeesh
ayeFeesh
USER since 5/17/11
Snakester I've never heard of the disposal at the launch idea. Once you take possession of the fish it is yours, and if its too big or too small you are now in posession of an illegal fish.

"But I swear officer I was going to throw it in the trash at the landing" won't hold up, at least I doubt it would.

Btown...I had the same issue a few years ago. In one season I single handly managed to gut hook 2 or 3 mid-20" walleyes. I released them knowing they probably won't make it. I was appalled. I changed several things to ensure it wouldn't happen again.

1)Get to the tip-up sooner and do not wait to set the hook 2)Master the "through the gill" hook removal technique I outlined below 3)Use semi-barbless trebble hooks.

Good luck.

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1/4/16 @ 7:14 PM
Btown
Btown
USER since 4/7/10
Bugle, do you use octopus hooks on tip ups? I may give that a try. Have used in open water.

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