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Was just texting Kevin n Norm. I kept 4 gills yesterday and 1 crappie. 1 gill was 8 1/8th" other 3 were 7 1/2", crappie 10"
Anyways what I was wondering and know been posted but didn't wanna search.
The 3 7+"ers I could've easily kept my limit no doubt... My buddy even said "we've got a couple like it ya sure"?.. We must've had an hour towards dark where it was hand over fist nonstop windmilling em in, all 7"ers... here's the 8 1/8th

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Was too damn cold to play on phone for any other pics but did just clean and eat em all and 5 fish has me stuffed! Almost couldn't put it all down on a wrap..

I'm curious though.. what's all your guys cut offs? Keepers ? Specifically gills ? I might have to start keeping 7 1/2" during ice.

Gotta remember myself and @Papa Liver are spoiled rotten when it comes to gills !! There isn't a fish in that cooler under 8" or probably even more..

Just curious gents. Felt great to be on ice!!!!

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Depends...

If I'm expecting to bring home a meal of 8-9" then 8" minimum. If I'm fishing where if I don't keep 7"+ I'm not likely to get a meal, then 7" is the cut off.

7" is the absolute minimum I'd want to keep, but sometimes 8"+ requirement is just asking to go hungry.
 

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Early in the season I may keep some smaller ones.... because I am wanting to "EAT" them....

later after a meal or two I will start to get a little more picky...

I don't have a boat so until God gives me the ice I get a little anxious...
 

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Was just texting Kevin n Norm. I kept 4 gills yesterday and 1 crappie. 1 gill was 8 1/8th" other 3 were 7 1/2", crappie 10"
Anyways what I was wondering and know been posted but didn't wanna search.
The 3 7+"ers I could've easily kept my limit no doubt... My buddy even said "we've got a couple like it ya sure"?.. We must've had an hour towards dark where it was hand over fist nonstop windmilling em in, all 7"ers... here's the 8 1/8th

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Was too damn cold to play on phone for any other pics but did just clean and eat em all and 5 fish has me stuffed! Almost couldn't put it all down on a wrap..

I'm curious though.. what's all your guys cut offs? Keepers ? Specifically gills ? I might have to start keeping 7 1/2" during ice.

Gotta remember myself and @Papa Liver are spoiled rotten when it comes to gills !! There isn't a fish in that cooler under 8" or probably even more..

Just curious gents. Felt great to be on ice!!!!

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Nice ones A J! Hell, up here I’m happy keepin 6 1/2’s!! Lol, & I filet em!
 

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For perch 8" is the minimum unless I'm doing well with some bigger fish, then it might move up. If fishing is a struggle, maybe 7" or 7.5".

I just eyeball gills and make a decision.
 

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I’ve cleaned many 7” gills (and some smaller) and as long as you have a good sharp knife you can get a tasty little filet off each side. With that being said, I’d prefer to keep 7 1/2-8 1/2” gills but if they have some loins to them, 7” will work. Crappie I prefer in the 10-12” range.


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Depends on the day, the lake and how hungry for fish I am.

An old(er) man told me once, “ my buddies used to tease me on the size of the smaller fish I would keep. But I’d tell them, yeah, but when that little guy is fried up and sitting on a platter next to some big ones, which fish do you take first? You know it’s that little crispy fellow”
And in my case, ol’ Don is right


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Nice ones A J! Hell, up here I’m happy keepin 6 1/2’s!! Lol, & I filet em!
Lotta of in land lakes don't compare to LSC and the size of the panfish, we're lucky!


Come on Aj 7.5” you been hanging around greelhappy too much ! You been making “ chowder” 😂🤣😂 good to see ya on the ice and catching bud !
Not perch Doug ;) you're too "cool" for gills..lol.

I’ve cleaned many 7” gills (and some smaller) and as long as you have a good sharp knife you can get a tasty little filet off each side. With that being said, I’d prefer to keep 7 1/2-8 1/2” gills but if they have some loins to them, 7” will work. Crappie I prefer in the 10-12” range.


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I can clean em and clean em well..


I've kept and cleaned 1 fish before that was smaller than the fish in my wife's aquarium! Can't eat em if you don't keep em.
@Old lund that's Bernie !! 🤣


Just taking everyone's opinion. I'm sure I'll still throw the 7 1/2"s back but maybe, maybe not.. Hopefully next trip they're all just "no doubters" like the 8 1/8th was....
 

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For perch 8" is the minimum unless I'm doing well with some bigger fish, then it might move up. If fishing is a struggle, maybe 7" or 7.5".

I just eyeball gills and make a decision.
I get way more meat off a 7 +" gill then a 7" perch wouldn't keep one. Way thicker shoulders on gills and I get the belly meat on both as well. I like the belly meat on all fish. Know it's not good for ya but I smoke too and other bad habits, so.....
 
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