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Joined: 06/19/2009
Location: ne
We were fishing lake Sharp and found smallmouth of all sizes thrown up on the bank. I wonder if the game commision is aware of this practice? I am sure these people are unaware that smallmouth do not hurt walleye populations fish; greedy people do.
felix the cat
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by on 06/20/2009 07:25 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/18/2008
Location: SD
I beg to differ with you Felix about affecting walleye populations.  I recently was visiting with a GF&P biologist about smallmouth and walleye coexisting and he made the statement that in lakes with a high smallmouth population they are not able to stock walleye fry or small fingerling because the smallmouth will devour them.  They are only able to use large fingerling.  This being the case,the smallmouth have to have an affect on not only natural reproduction of walleye but also the numbers.
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by on 06/22/2009 1:29 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/01/2006
Location: SD
Whether thats the case or not, wanton waste is still illegal and those people that are throwing the smallies up on the bank, should be prosecuted. Use the TIP nmber, thats exactly what its for.!

While there may be a large population of Smallmouths in the West Bend area, I dont believe that they are that dense throughout the whole lake.
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by on 06/22/2009 6:17 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2006
Location: SD
Fished June 8, 9 & 10, with 2 friends who are catch and release bass fishermen from Omaha area. Fished out of North Shore one day,  West Bend the next and south side just west of Good Soldier( just above the dam) on the last day.  Caught Smallies everywhere, may have been the day but West Bend was the worst. Just above the dam with ChugBugs surface plugs did the best.  Boated 5 over 18" in the 3 days with the biggest 19.5".   They caught and released 93 smallmouths total, I could have cried, been a along time since this old walleye fisherman threw that many nice fish back.  It was interesting to watch some real bass fanatics at work.
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by on 06/22/2009 10:52 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/01/2006
Location: SD
Its not uncommon to have those kind of days on Lake Sharpe, in fact, its not uncommmon to do those numbers alone per day when they are really on the bite.

There are some tremendous smallies in the lake, not only in numbers, but in quality!



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by on 06/22/2009 10:54 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/01/2006
Location: SD
Felix,

Where is it that you seen this happening at?

Which landing?

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by on 06/23/2009 10:31 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2006
Location: SD

Yes, where were they thrown on shore, we never saw anything like like, but we were there a week earlier.

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by on 06/23/2009 10:31 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/29/2006
Location: SD

Yes, where were they thrown on shore, we never saw anything like like, but we were there a week earlier.

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by on 07/08/2009 12:15 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/30/2008
Location: SD
I ran into a older man at the cleaning station this past weekend at Big Bend damn at Lake Sharp.  He was very addiment about killing every smallie he cought, no matter the size.  He said theres to many smallies for the walleye to get any bigger.  Eating all the food he said.  I think thats b.s. personaly, a body of water that big and theres not enough food for both!? 

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the

morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "

            ~Frank Sinatra
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by on 07/08/2009 4:10 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/02/2009
Location: WY
In my opinion smallmouth are much better game fish than walleye. The only thing old wally has over a smally is at the table. I would hope no ethical sportsman would throw any game fish up on the bank or kill them and trow them back. If this is happening it's because of ignorance on their part.
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by on 07/09/2009 08:05 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/01/2006
Location: SD
pikeslyr Said:
I ran into a older man at the cleaning station this past weekend at Big Bend damn at Lake Sharp.  He was very addiment about killing every smallie he cought, no matter the size.  He said theres to many smallies for the walleye to get any bigger.  Eating all the food he said.  I think thats b.s. personaly, a body of water that big and theres not enough food for both!? 


Pikeslayer:

Was he fishing out of a boat, or shorefishing? Not that it matters, but if he was out of a boat and said that to me, I can guarantee that I would've had his license # of both his vehicle and his boat.

I have no problem with people keeping their legal limit, but thats where it ends. 





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by on 07/09/2009 5:25 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/07/2009
Location: sd
to anyone that likes to eat fish properly cleaned 3 lb. smallie tastes as good as a 3lb walleye in the deep fryer that is...................
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by on 07/13/2009 08:13 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/30/2008
Location: SD
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                  I dont know.  He pulled up in a beat up dodge truck, older one, at the cleaning table, He had a pair of 18 1/2" smallie filet's.  And ya know, I never even thought of getting his license plate.  Even If I was to call the game wardens they wouldnt do anything about hear say.  I dont think anyway.   I would imagin that something like this is very hard to charge people.  It realy is a shame though.

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the

morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "

            ~Frank Sinatra
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by on 07/17/2009 1:32 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/01/2006
Location: SD
FYI,

Both the SDGFP and the  Lower Brule Wildlife division are aware of this at this point.  Certainly, more information would be helpful, though, particularly, which ramp the  OP was at when he seen the SMBs tossed on the bank.
 Awareness has been made..
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by on 07/28/2009 7:16 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 06/19/2009
Location: ne
the guides are catching 150 to 200 walleyes a day ,but most are small on lake sharp     so whats been eating the bigger ones not the smallmouth but fish hogs that keep there limits day after day
felix the cat
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by on 07/30/2009 2:13 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/30/2008
Location: SD
Your right on the fish hogs Felix, The same day I ran into the old man there was a family from Sioux Falls and they were taking the knife to 10-12 " walleyes.  At that size the meats not worth the effort.  Damn that no size limit.  We had a group of 4 guys and all we kept was 13 walleyes for a dinner.  Theres no reason to exploit a resorce just because you can.  Some people just dont have a clue

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the

morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "

            ~Frank Sinatra
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