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Paul

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Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« on: January 27, 2012, 03:14:42 PM »
So I was talking to my buddy Dan who works with me and he's been fishing Sylvan Lake for years. Anyway he said he hasn't been catching perch in Sylvan for a long time, and he blames the mismanagement of walleye at the expense of other species for it. He used to catch quite a few perch in Sylvan. He has been catching a few whites though. He hasn't really been trying for walleye as he figures it's pointless, he doesn't have any walleye tags. So I ask the question of everyone, what would you class as a sport fish, and what would you class as a fish you would like to eat? And I know there are quite a few catch and release die hards out there, and that's OK, but if a lake can support it, I enjoy eating fresh fish. For me?

Walleye - For the pan, but nothing big. Best eating walleye is anything sneaking over the minimum size. 2.5 - 3 lb + should be released IMHO.
Pike - Sportfish for me, but not above a pike fillet from time to time
Perch - For the pan
Trout - Rainbows, browns, brookies, all for sport
Whites - Pan, smoked

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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2012, 03:36:35 PM »
Walleye - For the pan, but nothing big. Best eating walleye is anything sneaking over the minimum size. 2.5 - 3 lb + should be released IMHO.
Pike - Sportfish for me, but not above a pike fillet from time to time
Perch - For the pan
Trout - Rainbows, browns, brookies, all for sport
Whites - Pan, smoked


Spot on with that!!!!  exact same thoughts here

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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2012, 04:31:42 PM »
I would have to agree with what you had listed as well Paul.  If I'm going to keep a pike, I will keep ones from legal size up to about that 10lb mark, depending on the lake though, and usually only in the winter.  Walleye I will keep up to 5lbs depending on the lake of course, but I won't usually keep to many if they are in that size range.  Perch have to be at least 8-9" in length or they go back and whites will depend if I have some already in the freezer or not.  Most trout I fish for are from stocked ponds and just taste like mud so I won't keep them anymore.  Burbot would have to be pretty small for me not to take them home...

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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012, 08:14:23 PM »
You pretty much nailed it Paul.. Now if SRD would just pay attention to what people in this province have been telling them for years,, but I highly doubt it. They will continue to let our fisheries get desimated and all they will do is cut, cut, cut and charge more and more. Really gets my feathers in a ruffle just thinking about it.

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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 09:31:25 PM »
Yeah I don't know the solution. I just know I don't see walleye as a sport fish. I mean what's so sporting about it? Bottom bouncing a jig and hammering walleye after starving 2 lb walleye on lesser slave lake? Yay. Fun. Give me a 10 lb pike over a 10 lb Walleye any day for a fight. Or even a 3 or 4 lb rainbow on a 5 wt. Only one place for a walleye, in a beer batter, then in my pan lol.
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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 10:10:34 AM »
Only one place for a walleye, in a beer batter, then in my pan lol.

Agreed... ;D

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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012, 02:09:58 PM »
Walleye - For the pan, but nothing big. Best eating walleye is anything sneaking over the minimum size. 2.5 - 3 lb + should be released IMHO.
Pike - Sportfish for me, but not above a pike fillet from time to time
Perch - For the pan
Trout - Rainbows, browns, brookies, all for sport
Whites - Pan, smoked


Spot on with that!!!!  exact same thoughts here X2

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Re: Perch Fishing in Sylvan Lake
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2012, 03:47:34 PM »
 Perch that are over 16 inch mark are very sporty because they grow slow and the bigger are hard to catch and taste real good. Axeman cooks perch real good. Pike out of northern lakes taste good.
Rainbows out of Maligne Lake and browns out of the Bow in the south although they are C and R.
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