The Results are in…..Again.

14 03 2013

Well I just got my 2012 log books back from the DNR.  I was curious to see how 2012 compared to 2011 and I was surprised.  I caught more fish in 2012 but the average length and weight was exactly the same as the previous year.  Yep, average length of 19.5 inches and an average weight of 2.5 pounds.  How that happened I have no idea.  I caught more under sized fish but that would mean I had to catch more larger fish to keep that average.  Either that or something is wrong with the DNR survey program.  I suppose I could add up the weights and lengths myself but I deal with enough numbers every day as it is.  I’ll just accept it and fill out another book for 2013.  Maybe I won’t count the smaller ones and skew my numbers towards the right.  Just like a guy, always trying to make things seem bigger.

I really do have to wonder why they said I kept 126 White Bass and released 17?  I never kept track of how many I caught, all I said in the book was why don’t they increase the daily possession limit.  If anything the numbers should be reversed, I kept 17 and released 126.

I still can’t believe I caught 136 Smallmouth Bass either.  I catch a few every summer but I never realized it was that many.

Oh well….here’s to 2013.  This year I have scale sample envelopes to fill so I will get an idea of how old the fish are I am catching.  That should prove interesting.

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4 responses

19 03 2013
Jason

Cool blog.

I find it interesting, I too have yet to catch the elusive 10 lb Walleye. I have caught a 29″ fish that weighed 7lb-15oz and I caught another that I’m sure was flirting with 10 but it was hooked in the chin so it dindn’t matter. I started jigging regularly back in 2000 when I bought my boat. I have spent some serious hours on the river and lake but still haven’t managed the big one. Ironically, I took my wife fishing for the first time the week after we were married. Her first ever walleye – 8lb-6oz! I have had to listen to her crap for the last 13 years. I would settle for a legally caught 8lb-7oz fish just to shut her up! Her fish was 28 ” so I got her on length, but she still brags about having the record for the “biggest fish.” Apparently weight means more than length!

19 03 2013
mfs686

Been at it for 35 years, I’ve lost a few that would have broke the 30 inch 10 pound barrier but still hasn’t happened. I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that it isn’t going to happen.

19 03 2013
Jason

It will, you still have a lot of fishing ahead of you.

23 03 2013
Dave Fitch

Mark , didn’t realize you kept the white bass either. Is that why you don’t name them? Trying to keep more for yourself I see. Hey , if the cold ever leaves, it should be a fun spring. Looking forward to seeing you guys on the river soon and having some fun during the tourney and league. Be safe.
If you are interested, I believe our trip to the South Branch of the Ausable (Mason Tract) will be 2nd week of May. We usually have only 2 or 3 guys and one more would be welcome. Let me know. Leave Friday mid day and return Sunday mid day.

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