billyk Posted April 25, 2010 Report Share Posted April 25, 2010 Hi guy's, I have a place in northern WI that I have fished for over 25 years. It's considered a trophy smallmouth river. I've never kept a smallie- ever but I'm considering keeping one IF I'm able to get the trophy I'm looking for. A DNR officer & fisheries biologist told me that a smallmouth the size of which I would mount(at least 23") is an old fish & past her reproductive prime. The eggs she deposits are of low quality & not many hatch. That's why they tell us to release fish fron 17"- 20" in length. These are the prime spawners. Any thoughts on this issue would be appreciated. billyk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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