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7/18/21 @ 1:09 AM
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Dinner plate keeper
Dinner plate keeper
USER SINCE 3/14/11

As a frequent ice fishing angler. We as sportsman better start being wise on panfish harvest. I have seen much decline in lakes that produce very well. 

Does anyone have opinions on WI going to a panfish slot size limit. Also lowering bag limits on certain waters. I have seen and fished other states that have done this change. It improves a system and its potential. 

Anyone else see lack of mature panfish in lakes?

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7/26/21 @ 7:05 PM
prop-buster
prop-buster
USER SINCE 6/14/05

you kids are on your own now....if you want to discu/argue send me a message, if one can figure out how to do it....or I can figure out how to respond.....I will be busy for a few more fish fries coming up...peace and best of luck

7/26/21 @ 6:45 PM
prop-buster
prop-buster
USER SINCE 6/14/05

heck Bod I would buy you a beer if I thought you would buy one back...but what you posted doesn't apply to us...HERE....is all I am saying....wish you well...seriously.

had fish tonight/taters cooked on the grill....(17 btw...ok that was two too many with all the taters)....nice breakfast in the morning.

might panic....that was it....you boys might want to get the binoculars out and start being vigilant....I will be on the hunt now

7/26/21 @ 9:13 AM
Dinner plate keeper
Dinner plate keeper
USER SINCE 3/14/11

It's been proven that slots work. Some bodies of water have really benefited from it. If it can work with bass and walleyes. Why not gills or crappie?? 

Don't get me mistaken, I enjoy a fry when I can. Packing a chest freezer with year old filets. Yum!  Biology has taught us a thing or two. Some fish need to be kept. Stunted population lakes need fish out. When you have a 6 in gill at 5 years old. Bad crop of fish in lake. So keep all you want and leave the important 9 to 10 in fish to reproduce.  

Look if it's ignored or treated ignorantly. We will have damaged a century worth of something to rebuild. 

We should also get our DNR involved as well. I pay for a license every year. Just want to see potential. I now find two states to the west has done this protection of fish GROWTH. It works! 

Bucket full of 14 inch crappie looks nice. Not at the sake of never doing it again. Predator fish do serve a purpose in this. 

40inch Northern will take down a 9 inch Gill. They also will take a 7 to 6 inch too. 

Some of our lakes can't support a big population. So again keeping or not, management and smart harvest is needed. Do some research on fish and biology. You might just be surprised how much harvest can help or hurt. 

7/26/21 @ 8:12 AM
lakeshiner
lakeshiner
USER SINCE 7/20/09

I appreciated the morning laugh regarding my dinks comment.  Wasn't expecting that, I assumed everyone has a size they consider a dink.  No where did I say what I consider to be a dink, but a few of you guys responded almost as if you got offended.  Was that your subconscious speaking LOL.



7/25/21 @ 9:44 PM
Bodhi77
Bodhi77
USER SINCE 1/9/21

Prop it was a simple comment & observation based on my own experience, and it seemed relevant to this thread. Dont know where in there I said it should be done in WI. I could care less what others do with their legally caught fish. Dont know how you read anymore into it than that, but my guess is you just enjoy stirring the pot. It's a shame this site lets that kind of garbage go on. It could be a great outdoor site, if it got rid of the garbage so the adults could just talk fishing.

7/25/21 @ 7:46 PM
prop-buster
prop-buster
USER SINCE 6/14/05

well Bod....all I can say is continue to fish "down south ALOT"....and leave the rest of us alone....works for you...don't try to change it for us....PANFISH....first it was the bass, man catch and release was drilled into our head....heck they taste great!...walleye over a certain size is nasty....Really?...just depends on who has the agenda at the time and is pushing it...kick back, catch your fish and enjoy them....be ready for some narc to turn you in....no problem...they check your fish....ask the warden if there is any repercussion on your part to meet your accuser...no such thing as anonymous in this day and age.

7/25/21 @ 2:47 PM
gobbler
MEMBER SINCE 6/30/01

Those lakes down south with crappie size limits are all huge resavuearsars.(spelt wrong.

7/25/21 @ 9:15 AM
HERO547
USER SINCE 8/22/08

On the lakes with the 14 inch size limit, I have no trouble getting nice size pan fish. It is all the catch and release of the bass that is starting to reduce the amount of pan fish. On a lake like Delavan. There are 40 thousand mature game fish in there. If they each only eat one bluegill a week. That is 2 million a year. You now see the conversation department starting to manage some lakes to reduce the bass population. Some lakes are no size limit. Some are slots. You can keep 5 under 12 or over 16 inch's. I have payed close attention to it, and it seems to be working. I am getting nice pan fish from lakes with new size limits. I have said for years. They should manage some lakes for different types of fisherman.

7/25/21 @ 8:25 AM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER SINCE 6/15/01

WI state record fish for reference

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Fishing/recordfish/hookline.html

7/25/21 @ 8:18 AM
Leechster
Leechster
USER SINCE 1/22/21

I agree with prop. I really don’t understand people who basically “Tell” you how many fish are in a Wisconsin fish fry!!! Lol, it doesn’t get any better than that. They would pass out if they witnessed a fish fry of my relatives at Mom and Dads house!! 

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