This debate happens every year it seams. I would like to see more catch and release but that is me. Now others can counter that they want to harvest everything. Bottom line you can’t change people although bass and muskey boys get it. If you want your kids to enjoy the fishery maybe only keep a couple and let the rest swim. Either way enjoy the time on the water
Slots work... in some places. They protect year classes of fish as they move through where there is low natural recruitment. I'm not sure what they have here, but it could be an option. I dislike 15" minimums though. Even though other anglers like them, they aren't really always what are best for systems. They lead to too many immature females being harvested. Females grow faster, reach 15" sooner, which means a female in the same year class as a male will get harvested where a male may be a year or 2 still from that size. A 14" walleye is a good eater in my book, that being said the 3 at 18" for SE WI is a great thing. It at least lets the fish spawn once or twice before being harvested. Natural recruitment is really low for most of SE WI and we as anglers must sometimes give up a little bit to get some better results. I know we all prefer our "eater" size fish, but it's not always what's best for the system.
The issue many people have with spring walleye fishing in rivers is the ease of harvest. When the walleyes finish their spring run most people have difficulty catching the numbers they do in spring. In fall fishing pressure usually decreases due to hunting. A female harvested any time of year is lost eggs. However, those females are significantly more susceptable during the months of March and April. I would like to see rivers stay open but possibly lower the limits during spring or have it catch and release only.
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Keeping females does not matter what season. If you keep them icefishing they can’t spawn in the spring! If you keep them in the summer they can’t spawn in the spring. If you keep them in the fall they can’t spawn in th spring. That makes no sense period. If you close the season it’s closed not just for females.
Their does not need to be a slot limit or reduce fish 5 to 3 need to make it illegal to keep females and put massive fines if you do try to keep females or close spawning season all together. same with panfish on pressured lakes like madison chane close spawning season for them as well. Not bashing any ones ideas we are all differnt people with different ideas but we all gree that somthing needs to change me personally if you cant tell the difference between males and females you should not fish in spring. My biggest walleye i ever caught was below indian ford dam never measured her because of puting less stress on her it was a 2 second picture not kidding threw it back.
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Isn't the Wisconsin River Prairie Du Sac Dam area 18+ for a keeper walleye. I think sauger may be 15+ in that area. Some kind of slot would get my vote. Applied to the Jefferson to Indian Ford dam. I would be ok with bag limit of 3 as well. Always wonder how many fish kept, don't get cleaned or eaten.