Fishing Catch & Release

I went for a walk around the park yesterday, made a few casts. Saw one guy that had two decent Walleye, 24 and 26″ he said. He started at 8am and was still at it at 2pm. That is about one fish every 3 hours. He said there was a few caught yesterday when it was sunny but he didn’t catch any. So that averages out to one every day, fishing 8 hours or more. Cast after cast, nothing, nothing, nothing, but hang in there and keep casting hour after hour after hour and then catch a fish. Any fish that gets caught after all that effort is going in the frying pan.

I couldn’t help but think that those two fish were a male and female in the process of spawning. Now there is plenty of fish in the river but some of the best areas to spawn are close to places where people can fish from shore or in boats near dam areas. These two fish which were really too big to eat could have produced thousands of new walleyes in the future years. I would agree with having a slot limit for Walleye in the Rock River as they do in the Mississippi River where fishing pressure is a problem. Guys stand and cast all day and sometimes don’t catch anything, other times catch a few and they will not release fish if they don’t have to, period. In fact, they will give the fish away to other fisherman because they concurred and feel justified for spending so much time and money on catching those fish, it fills egos. I know this because I have done it myself, but I have no more ego to fill and I don’t keep fish, especially big fish during spawn time.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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