Looking at all the fishing reports has me researching and unable to find the answer. When fishing with a guide, do customers get to keep the guide‘s limit as well? As if the guide may donate their portion of the total boat possession to the customer?
Fish Limits with a guide
NR 20.03(8)(8) “Daily bag limit" means the maximum number of fish that may be reduced to a person's possession from a specified waterbody or portion of a waterbody in one day.
I would NOT accept the guides catch.
I have fished with a couple guides who have done just that and even encouraged C&R for me as well. I was perfectly fine with that but I also know that many people fish to keep when they go with a guide so it's a tough spot. A lot of guides are very resource conscious but there are some who are less scrupulous.
Scenario: You and your best friend show up to fish with a guide that is known to be excellent. You are on a new lake and very excited. You show up at the launch and the guide says, right away, "I'll fish with you, but everything I catch gets returned to the water. You can keep your limits, but my fish will not be given to you."
Anyone going to cancel their trip? ( I would not)
just a comment
Not sure if that "legal advice" comment was directed at me? If so take it directly from the Administrative Code if it makes you feel better. I'll even do the work and provide the link for you:
Plus I'll copy and paste it if you don't want to go directly to the source:
20.03 (8) “Daily bag limit" means the maximum number of fish that may be reduced to a person's possession from a specified waterbody or portion of a waterbody in one day.
Do I dare ask if keeping 40 cheeks from 20 fish over the course of a summer of walleye fishing is the same as being in possession of the 20 whole fish? Asking for a friend.
I would be wary about taking legal advice on a fishing bulletin board
Has anyone actually submitted a violation tip to the DNR on guides that do this?
I believe the intent of the law is I have a possession limit and so does my guide. This is the daily limit of fish that person can keep. If he gives it away he cannot legally keep another limit. I don't believe it was written to make it unlawful to give fish away. Definitely a grey area
Quote: Swamp buck: 4 of my friends give me their limit of fish they caught on the same day. Have I broken the law?
Yes, you have broken the law. You're never allowed more than 1 possession limit. In your scenario you have double that. This is true no matter if the State has issued you a license to fish or not, and regardless of your knowledge about fishing.
The law also states, I'm going to paraphrase, that you may not reduce into your possession more than 1 daily limit of fish, per day. This is the point that TheIceMan made below, and what needs further DNR clarification. If, on the same day, you reduce your daily limit into your possession and your guides daily limit into your possession it appears you have violated the law to me.