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Say I go to winny and catch 3 16 inch eyes to bring home. staying overnight in camper a couple nights. one inch of skin ok on fillet or leave them whole??

this is from the regs. I am guessing once I am off the water, I need one inch of skin. I'll send dnr an email also.

If you are on or fishing in waters with size restrictions that are different from the statewide

size restrictions, all of the fish that have size restrictions must be kept so that they

can be examined, measured and counted.

• The fish must have their heads, tails, fins and skin intact and be measurable.

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on the lake yes but you are off the lake in a camper if you are planning on eating them not transporting them home no skin is needed.leaving the fish whole is mainly for ice fishing when you are still on the lake.

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This has been discussed in the LOW forum/FYI thread also.One of the concerns there includes being able to tell if they are sauger or not & not just in the slot.

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I posted this in the Vermilion forum a while back. I doubt many people know that the rule changed.

Previously the regulation was that fish from lakes with special regulations must be kept whole while on that body of water but could be cleaned for transport.

(Italics at the end added by me)

• Fish prepared for transportation, shipment, or storage are defined as follows:

Undressed fish must have heads, tails, fins, and skin intact. Entrails, gills, and scales may be removed.

Dressed fish may have heads and scales or skin removed, in addition to gills and entrails.

Fillets are fish flesh, excluding cheeks, that have been removed from a fish. Scales or skin may be removed or intact. A fish may not be reduced to more than two fillets.

• Fish must be packaged or transported in such a way that they can be readily unwrapped, separated, identified, and counted.

Muskellunge, catfish, splake, brook trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout, which have statewide length limits, must be transported with head and tail intact so the fish can be measured. Northern pike and walleye may be dressed or filleted except when on experimental, special, border waters, or other waters that differ from statewide length limits. See Possessing Fish section on page 27.

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inch of skin is what I used to do and have been stopped and everything was cool.

for the past few years I've just left all of the skin on and then removed them at cooking time. It's especially convenient if you've got a mess of walleyes to clean. I do use gallon zip locks and lay the filets flat in the bag and freeze that way. Fit's in cooler nice and easy to identify for game warden feller.

bringing whole fish home may result in me figuring something else out.

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jmg    6

Any clarification from DNR on this? This is a confusing thing, since there are now SO many lakes with special length regulations,as well as number in possession. Hope we don't have to keep them whole.

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The last time we discussed this, as I recall, the consensus was that indeed the book says, taken literally, that they have to be in the round all the way home. But some CO's interpret it more the old way, and maybe some won't.

Anybody recall? Went on for some time.

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