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You are fishing a port on Lake Michigan that has no public fish cleaning station at the DNR launch . You don't like the idea of cleaning the fish when you get home at midnight or early AM .

Is it legal to clean fish on your boat as you catch them while still out on the lake and have the fillets bagged in a cooler and the entrails kept in a garbage bag in the fish cooler ?
 

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I don't think so...Fish must be readily identifiable as to species and size...Also stated in the fishing guide, under UNLAWFUL ACTIVITIES, You may NOT....Possess illegally taken fish or mutilated fish that cannot be measured or identified.
 

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TrailFndr is correct.
 

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Did not think about the " mutilated fish " thing even though though the fish is intact other than the meat .
Thanks for the reply .

need to keep putting pressure on the local staff to work on a cleaning station even though the response is always " that will be a cold day --------------------. "
 

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Several Charter Boats in our area clean their fish at sea. Some clean and cook the fresh caught fish in the right weather,on board, for their customers as they are caught. They keep the carcass. It is easy to measure and identify the remains. The law says mutilated that cannot be identified. These CAN be ID'ed and have been many times by myself.
 

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If you just gut & gill the fish it will still be identifiable and easy to measure, and retain the guts and do not deposit them in the lake. By gutting and gilling, then putting on ice, you will end up with a better tasting fish when your done.
 
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