When do you think the gamefish season should open/close?
So, I don't think the effect would be that great, but the big thing is that people would have more, not less opportunities to catch fish. And, that's a good thing in my opinion. If harvest is the concern, just make it catch and release.
On another topic, I sure wish we could keep more 24 inch northerns. I'd be in favor of a slot limit on all gamefish species as well, but this topic would be tricky because each lake would have to be different, depending on how the fish grow in the lake.
Then, I don't think it would be too confusing to extend the season up here for a few more weeks. The fish can't be spawning in the south and the north at the same time. It's a different fishery up here and completely different climate. I know the DNR wants to simplify regs, but I don't think two different seasons is that difficult to work with since the north/south dividing line has been established already.
There's a lot of ice up here right now and will continue to be. Maybe a catch and release compromise makes sense. People have had all winter to harvest, and if you make it catch and release, the numbers of people will diminish on the ice and it will have little impact on the fishery. It just would be a nice option to have. If Puckaway can thrive on a 32 inch year round open season, I'm sure the 1,000 plus lakes up here can handle an extra two weeks or so of catch and release. If Michigan can be open till March 15, I think Wi can too. Just my opinion and I have talked with my local DNR rep. and he thinks the season is too short as well.