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My point was I don't think the "vast majority" are "resource rapers".
Bass/northern/muskie fishermen are a BIG piece of the angling populations:
38% percent of all fishermen are bass fishermen, we don't keep fish. (another stat I found said 44% of all fishermen are bass fishermen)
I don't know any IL fishermen, but the "meat" fishermen (walleye, panfish, trout) I know still aren't out there trying to put every single fish they can in the well or creel.
There are surely slobs who are greedy and bag to the max then over bag, but if the "vast majority" that guy knows are among them, he needs to make some new friends and acquaintances.
As far as "my name fitting me goes", I done graduated the sixth grade....and then picked up a few bachelors. Wouldn't put myself forth as the smartest guy in the room, but I know some fancy cypherin' nonetheless..
I don't keep any fish I catch in open water season.
I kept twenty 7-8" bluegills yesterday from one of the Madison Lakes, but those are the first I've kept this ice season out of many caught.
When I ice fish "up north", I don't keep any.
I have a hard time believing there aren't a lot of other sport fishermen out there. I primarily target bass and pike, guys like me aren't fishing for lunch.
It does not matter if you fish for fun, food or money, so practice what you preach! I look at the guides who tell others to have restraint when they themselves take a limit at least once a day, and say:
Geez guys, Practice what you Preach!!
Have a good one.
This states needs a 10 fish limit on panfish so bad. We would have a really good pan fishery if ther dnr were to go that route. Honestly I can feed a good amount of people with 20 panfish, twice ur limit. And the limit is 25 and these guys are out there day in and day out. How many fish do they have in there freezer or how many of those fish are going to waste from being full after eating all those fish or just being freezer burn.
Just my 2cents.