Message from DIFW: Consider Harvesting Your Catch
I got this email today. What gives?
While I get where they are coming from that sometimes harvest (e.g. when we're long on fish and short on forage), I don't think the email hit the right notes of explaining when and where. Should you be keeping all the big brookies you can in various low population density lakes that are open to ice fishing this winter? Nope. But that's what's implied for folks who don't click through.
If they are having an issue with certain bodies of water, just advertise the list of bodies of water where you can whack and stack a pile of togue and call it good. Blanket support for catch and kill without caveat is not helpful to managing most native fisheries in Maine.
In other news, while it's most definitely winter where I sit right now, we're not far off from spring and I'm formulating plans for a spring trip to AZ/NM and trying to hunt some native trout in the sky islands of the SW US. It's been on my bucket list for some time to see if I can track down an Apache or Gila trout. It'll be a pretty good adventure, even if I don't find any.