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Annoying the walleye by catching them and letting them go (and what happens in the fish house stays in the fish house) kills a lot of walleye also.   If you go out and have a good day, and c&r 50 walleye you probably ended up killing several of them, on average 3 or 4.   More if it is in August when the water is nice and warm and fewer in the fall and winter.  

 

So just because you let them go doesn't mean they all make it.  You are "harvesting" just the same.   

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On 3/19/2018 at 3:10 PM, delcecchi said:

Annoying the walleye by catching them and letting them go (and what happens in the fish house stays in the fish house) kills a lot of walleye also.   If you go out and have a good day, and c&r 50 walleye you probably ended up killing several of them, on average 3 or 4.   More if it is in August when the water is nice and warm and fewer in the fall and winter.  

 

So just because you let them go doesn't mean they all make it.  You are "harvesting" just the same.   

There was a decent article in the MN Outdoor News about release mortality. The study showed mortality rates as high as 80% depending on conditions. 

So all those guys back in 2011, 2012  that were bragging about c&ring "100+" walleyes off the deep mud in the end of July and August killed a whole lot of fish.

Sad thing is I'd bet a good portion of them gripe to no end about how everyone else is to blame for what ails the Big Windy. The netting issue was ruled on by the US Supreme Court, not much that can be done there.

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