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Originally posted by thedarklingthrush
I am not sure how those men taking those fish makes you think that Wisconsin Fish and Game set unreasonable bag limits. Why do you make that connection?
Lots and lots of research goes into bag limits. Wildlife officials will use everything they know about local population to determine the bag limit.
They also will still put cap limits on species that don't need management. You have to so people can't do large scale commercial fishing and to avoid lots of huge catches like this one.
The bluegill population in that waterway will easily recover from this poaching incident, but if these guys and other were going to down there frequently it have noticeable negative effects.
Originally posted by ProjectJimmy
While I do believe the law should apply, honestly these men should be given some leeway because of the ecological issues that present themselves. In order to keep a bluegill, not because of any legal limits but because they tend to be very small fish, it must be quite mature. For there to be this concentration of mature fish there is something here worthy of further study.
In my opinion the Department of Natural Resources should partner with hunters and fishermen in order to better gauge the ecosystem especially in individual instances. If I were allowed to make the judgment in this instance, fine the men but don't revoke their fishing licenses for the year.