Read your post regarding catch and release with big females. I was reading a Walleye Article in Michigan Sportsman Magazine yesterday and then found it on-line. I pulled this directly from their site:
Michigan Sportsman Magazine Article By Mike Zielinski
There is a general misconception that taking these big spawners is detrimental to walleye populations, but according to DNR biologist Mike Thomas, "Those big old sows are not very good for spawning anymore. Often they don't spawn and just absorb their eggs. They are also major predators, even on their own species."
I'm not promoting their magazine, just found this information interesting. How does everyone else feel about this topic of keeping or releasing the monster Females, say 9 pounds and up?
9 pound walleye certainly have spawning left in them. I heard Mike give a presentation to the Lake St Clair Advisory council about the same subject. Now when you are talking 12-14 pounds and up its another story.
Perhaps Mike will chime in here soon and chastize me....lol
All fish are not created equal. Big mama's don't taste as good anyways. Put the girls back and take no chance. Your not sure at the boat, and that's the time to snap a picture and eat the good one's. Going to trenton tomarrow with Czar and we'll post our report.
Keeping it vertical is not only critical for D-River walleyes, but for other species as well. I won't mention which one, but anyone who has read any of my posts should be able to figure it out. And not just in rivers either. Allz I'm saying about that.....