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At what size do you throw back?

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What do you consider a good eater walleye and at what size do u tend to throw back. I would say throw back anything over 20" I could see keeping over in certain circumstances.

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If there is no slot enforced, I go 14-19. The rest go back.

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Most of my eater fish fall in the 15-20" range with the rest tossed back both above and below that range.

Tunrevir~

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Ya Im in the 15-20" range as well. On some lakes like Lake Superior maybe a tadd bigger but not often.

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19 and below we need them big fish to keep produceing them high numbers,so are little ones can catch the big one!!

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Depends how hungry you are!!

Actually 15-20 is a good range.

DD

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17-24 are the prime females, my keep slot is 14-17.

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I like to eat walleye under 18", anything bigger than that and it's real hard getting the breading to meat ratio in the desired range... smile

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Under 18" if I'm catching some to eat. I think anything over that gets a "fishy" taste. I'm a little picky with my fish anyways. I love to catch them, so most of the time they all go back.

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i think the best eaters are the 15-16 inchers. i only keep 15-18inchers.

the big ones need to go back so we can keep their genes going for the population

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I will keep 13-18"ers. Anything larger/smaller gets to swim another day!

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13-16" I like the smaller fillets. If they are bigger I'll fillet the fillet.

Give me that fillet o fish give me that fish

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Anything over 18" goes back as far as I'm concerned

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everything, unless its 15lbs and a min of 35", then even might get a replica

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Depends on the lake and the state of the walleyes in that lake. Some lakes I'll keep 13s to 19, other lakes 16 to 19.

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Anything under 16" isn't worth keeping.

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Well the lake that I fish on you mostly get 13 inchers... So my range is 13-18 anything over or under goes back.

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14-20 or 30+ (for a trophy)inches for keeping, everything else swims.

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Depends on the lake and the state of the walleyes in that lake. Some lakes I'll keep 13s to 19, other lakes 16 to 19.

well said

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What do you consider a good eater walleye and at what size do u tend to throw back.

15-18" are good for eating.

With that said, I throw 99% of all sizes back. I might keep a couple in the winter or right after the opener when the water is cool, but after that it's C&R. Not much of a fish eater...just a catcher.

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I basically throw them all back. I don't really care for fish that much believe it or not. I got a little burnt out on it in college. I think I ate fish everyday for 2 years.

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My eater eyes are 15-20 inches. I don't keep anything over 20 and if I hook up with a trophy, it will be a reproduction done.

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My eaters typically are 14-20. It just depends on the lake. Many of the lakes I fish are stocked lakes with no reproduction. Some of those lakes have trophies, but not typically. If I'm on a trophy lake, then for sure all above 20 go back. Good thing the DNR stocks many lakes for us.

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