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View Poll Results: How often do you eat/release what you catch?
Always release 119 36.84%
Mostly release, sometimes keep 186 57.59%
Depends on the location, but prefer to keep 14 4.33%
Always catch fish to keep 4 1.24%
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Old 04-09-2014, 08:51 AM
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C&R.... It's not black and white. "Most" of the responders on this thread who are adamant about c&r are referring to trout. I applaud this. I'm 100% c&r on trout. Here in MO our "blue ribbon" waters limit anglers to the harvesting of 1 trout that is greater than 18" per day. This... I don't get. I try to tell people if you want to catch a 20" trout you have to let that 18" fish go.

I think that we are rather fortunate here in MO. We have four trout parks (three State run) that cater to those who want to harvest fish on a regular basis. They grow them, they release them, u can catch them then eat them. Me? I avoid fishing in the parks. There is too much better water to fish.
I agree that we should make the Blue Ribbon areas C&R and the areas below could be Trophy areas. Sadly, I think a lot of the big browns run up into the park and get caught by someone fishing with minnows and then they are gone.

I also don't understand why treble hooks are allowed on the Blue Ribbon water.

Once in a while I go into the park to catch a few stockers when I get a hankering for some trout but that isn't very often.
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Default Re: Eat that fish, or release it?

They're all wild fish here

Some rivers will have targeted fish they'd like the anglers to keep

It could be to suggest you keep rainbows between 12" and 14", if the studies show there are too many of those... and they adjust during the season

Works out well for everyone

Never keep the big ones.. let the next person catch it too
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