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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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when the bucket is full, go home?

Posted on: 2014/12/21 9:44
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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From Lake Lillian, MN
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Use the width of the bucket lip. If the walleye reaches across the bucket lip on both sides, it's a keeper. Quick and easy way to make a decision. You can always adjust to your own specifications but the lip of the bucket it about 12 inches.

Posted on: 2014/12/21 10:06
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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From Plymouth, MN
Posts: 473
Normally mine is 15-19" as they are best for a fish fry. Some lakes you can drop that to 14" but others the 14" are just too skinny. Occasionally will keep a bigger one if looking to have baked fish.

Posted on: 2014/12/21 10:15
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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From Annandale
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15" - 19" is right in my wheelhouse for a walleye. The bucket test is reserved for sauger.

Posted on: 2014/12/21 11:10
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8X1llsWFSk

This guy has an interesting slot....but hey thats what a gaff is for. Apologies if it doesn't hyperlink

Posted on: 2014/12/21 12:21
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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From St. Paul, MN
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12" Sauger and 13" Walleye if things are slow, which seems to happen a lot when I'm able to get out. I'd go hungry a lot if I had higher standards.

Posted on: 2014/12/21 14:20
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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12/18/2014
From Cleveland Minn. LaKe X
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Sometimes the shorter Walleyes are the fatter ones. Nothing wrong with harvesting a few fish as long as its legal. But i like the answers.

Posted on: 2014/12/29 14:54
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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12/10/2013
From Metro Area
Posts: 43
"Head to Tail across the pail" on the low end, I agree is usually a between 12-13", on the top end, probably 20-21", essentially a Lake of the woods slot, but I would go up a little, since a 19.5" fish is a GREAT filet.

Saugers are a different story, if fishing LOTW, it depends how slow the fishing is. Usually 12" is the minimum there too.

GREAT TOPIC.

Posted on: 2014/12/29 18:26
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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01/15/2008
From Mille Lacs/Landfall
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13-16" are the best eaters. Anything bigger is of lower eating quality. I got a limit on Mille Lacs a few weeks back and gave them away. 19" fish aren't very good to eat.

Posted on: 2014/12/29 18:35
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Re: Keeping Size for Walleyes
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I like to keep about 13-18. I have cleaned fat little 11in walleyes and got plenty of meat for a fry. That was on a huge lake with huge walleye populations and very little fishing pressure though. However I honestly would rather have people keep what most would consider "to small to keep" rather than "to big to keep" a nice healthy 20in walleye means probably more to the spawning cycle than most 13in fish ever will. Also the chances of a 20in fish making it to trophy status is exponentially more which personally I like to target size more then numbers when I can. I dont eat a ton of fish so I don't need to keep many. It is to each there own I guess just my opinion. Also I think keeping size for crappie is a much larger issue than walleyes.

Posted on: 2014/12/29 19:10
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