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Kevin J Legg

Protecting SLR walleyes

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On 3/13/2018 at 12:06 AM, GAMBLER said:

3/4 of a million fry is nothing.  Honeoye Lake in Ontario County has more walleye stocked and the fishery does not have great numbers.  This is the reason the DEC says it has no impact. 

That's ridiculous!!!  We get only 50000 every other year and get a return.   If they really are stocking those insane numbers in lakes without substantial returns then someone should use some common sense and give up wasting those fry as the fishery obviously isn't a good choice for walleye.   Put them somewhere that has too much bait where walleye thrive but numbers are low.  

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On 3/12/2018 at 6:31 PM, guffins fisherman said:

I thought this article was fitting for the entire Eastern Basin.

http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/Why-you-should-always-always-ALWAYS-release-big-fish

This might be true in Canadian lakes as the fish grow and mature slowly but the research coming from Erie, where walleye grow MUCH faster and live a shorter life span, shows that the fecundity is poor in those bigger females and really the mid sized 22-26 inch fish produce more healthy fry than those old slobs!  

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This might be true in Canadian lakes as the fish grow and mature slowly but the research coming from Erie, where walleye grow MUCH faster and live a shorter life span, shows that the fecundity is poor in those bigger females and really the mid sized 22-26 inch fish produce more healthy fry than those old slobs!  

This is my understanding as well. The benefit of larger fish being released is more gene pool related.


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I once witnessed a Canadian crew along our cabin up at Lake Poutrincourt, they caught a freaken huge hen filleted her and ate it, all well and fine? But they nailed her huge head to a tree and the owner got wind of this, they were escorted off the lake and don’t ever come back!!! The owner at the time his name was Andrea, and he took a liking to our crew after 2-3 trips, they had a breeding section that wasn’t on the map but was part of the lake get my drift!! This area was DEFINITELY marked no fishing, he told us that big female  that was nailed to the tree came from this breeding area. His son was a biologist in the study of female spawning fish, he said the bigger females lay the eggs with the bigger yolks which are more apt to be fertilized with minimal amounts of the males milk, which interned gave more hatched fry than the younger more abundant layers from the younger females so it averages itself out. Both are just as important to the lake. I’m only repeating what he told me so if he’s wrong than I’m wrong. He was a very interesting man!!!

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That is very interesting, Pap.


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