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General Discussion / Re: Walleye Slots Sizes
« Last post by Jay Thomas on Today at 05:27:56 PM »
O.K. So I'm starting this thread because I do not want to nor did I have any intension of Hijacking the Vaccine Thread. I made a small comment about the hopes of the Quebec MNR at least allowing one fish possession over the slot size. Don't get me wrong. I'm not looking at the big 10 pound fish. Every time we go out , we get a nice, thick bodied walleye that is about 1" over the slot size that has a healthy looking filet on both side of it. Mouth starts to water a bit but Alas, it must be returned. Just curious what all your thoughts are. BUT, be careful with your tree hugger remarks. I'm sure that before this slot size became law, some of you have been known to keep most of your walleye no matter what size they were. You know who I'm talking about Jay  ;D ;) ;) ;)

I feel absolutely no guilt admitting that during my 17 weeks on Lake Kipawa, I harvested walleye in accordance with the sport fishing regulations at the time. And as it happened, my largest ever walleye harvested was about 7 1/2 pounds. As well, over those 17 weeks, I might have harvested 7 or 8 walleye over 5 pounds. However, Fall Walleye Index Netting eventually proved that that kind of fishing pressure depleted the Kipawa walleye breeding stock to dangerously low levels. Fortunately, the current harvest length limits were instituted and these lower harvest length limits will ensure that lots of big walleye will once again someday populate Lake Kipawa.

To satisfy those fishermen who would like to harvest bigger walleye, I'd prefer changed regulations that would allow the harvest of one walleye over 27 inches (7 pounds). Such a change would still ensure protection of the prime breeding walleye.

Jay
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General Discussion / Re: Walleye Slots Sizes
« Last post by RHYBAK on Today at 03:17:23 PM »
Throw them all back. Food can be easily had to satisfy your hunger and nutritional needs at any grocery store in North Bay or the IGA in Temiscaming.

Is that a tree hugger remark? Or maybe a walleye hugger remark...

Nope
Just a comment from somebody that doesn't like to mix pickeral and beer


Don't forget
The age old Walleye / Pickeral argument has been settled.


Walleye in the water
Pickeral in the pan

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General Discussion / Re: Walleye Slots Sizes
« Last post by T-Bone on Today at 02:49:02 PM »
Throw them all back. Food can be easily had to satisfy your hunger and nutritional needs at any grocery store in North Bay or the IGA in Temiscaming.

Is that a tree hugger remark? Or maybe a walleye hugger remark...
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General Discussion / Walleye Slots Sizes
« Last post by RHYBAK on Today at 02:13:29 PM »
O.K.
So I'm starting this thread because I do not want to nor did I have any intension of Hijacking the Vaccine Thread.
I made a small comment about the hopes of the Quebec MNR at least allowing one fish possession over the slot size.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not looking at the big 10 pound fish.
Every time we go out , we get a nice, thick bodied walleye that is about 1" over the slot size that has a healthy looking filet on both side of it.
Mouth starts to water a bit but Alas, it must be returned.

Just curious what all your thoughts are.

BUT, be careful with your tree hugger remarks.
I'm sure that before this slot size became law, some of you have been known to keep most of your walleye no matter what size they were.

You know who I'm talking about Jay  ;D ;) ;) ;)
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General Discussion / Re: Vaccine thoughts
« Last post by chiaro on Today at 01:41:51 PM »
For our American friends here is an update. Hospitalizations, incubation, ICU admissions are all trending down, as are deaths and infections. Vaccinations are now pouring into our country and will soon get to a peak vaccination rate. Better yet here in Ontario they are now targeting hotspots and essential works. Also in general Ontarioians do the right thing over individual rights which means we should have a good total of the population vaccinated.

It's not if Ontario will open this summer, it's when.
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General Discussion / Re: Vaccine thoughts
« Last post by plowjock on Today at 07:06:22 AM »
 Let's put it another way. Would you want to eat meat off of an 8 year old Holstein cow as compared to eating meat off of a 2 years old
 heifer. The younger animal is much more tender and muscle tissue easier to digest. Probably wouldn't have been a breeder anyway. As Jay has stated the smaller fish are a lot more flavourful and meat is flaky. You get the old fish, and I know particularly Lake trout, because of the ciscos and smelt which they feed off of the meat is very oily and tastes terrible. Muskrat Lake anything over 4 lbs. goes back. Nothing but grease balls. Then you have the reproductive side of things where the older females are able to spawn out a lot more viable eggs as compared to the younger females. Also a lot smarter fish as I see it that they didn't ingest every bait thrown at them. Better genetics come from the younger sound females which mature much slowly. Once they big girls do hit the giant size, I know research shows some slow down in egg production, but I'd enjoy a good fight with one of them and then surrender her back to the depths for another angler to catch. I know a young lady who pulled an 18 lb walleye out of the Bay of Quinte through the ice, she was devastated with the size and she got measurements and photos and released to let somebody else catch. This lady also guides "She Loves To F.ish is her YT handle.
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General Discussion / Re: Vaccine thoughts
« Last post by Jay Thomas on May 05, 2021, 08:08:38 PM »
Iíve not met a walleye that i didnít like eating, including the 7.5 lbíer i caught in Lake Erie a couple of years back.

I guess I got spoiled. Back in the 50s and early 60s, my Dad and I fished the western basin of Lake Erie out of Colchester harbour. While we caught lots of bigger walleye, my Dad would not bring home any walleye over 17 inches. He referred to these sweet tasting walleye as "spikes". And his rationale for harvesting these spikes was flavour.

Jay
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General Discussion / Re: Vaccine thoughts
« Last post by Hodgey1 on May 05, 2021, 04:08:57 PM »
Not sure I understand any rationale for harvesting bigger walleye - they sure don't taste as good as the 2 to 3 pounders.

Iíve not met a walleye that i didnít like eating, including the 7.5 lbíer i caught in Lake Erie a couple of years back.
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General Discussion / Re: Vaccine thoughts
« Last post by RHYBAK on May 05, 2021, 03:29:45 PM »
What I do wish is the Ministry would lighten up on the regulations and let us keep one over the slot

Not sure I understand any rationale for harvesting bigger walleye - they sure don't taste as good as the 2 to 3 pounders.

Jay

I'm thinking a few more inches only.
Not a monster.
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General Discussion / Re: Vaccine thoughts
« Last post by Jay Thomas on May 05, 2021, 01:16:08 PM »
What I do wish is the Ministry would lighten up on the regulations and let us keep one over the slot

Not sure I understand any rationale for harvesting bigger walleye - they sure don't taste as good as the 2 to 3 pounders.

Jay
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