As a new member i would like to have feedback on the effects of fishing pressure and commerial fishing pressure on the Mississippi pool #10. As a resident on the river being an avid fisherman on that portion of the river, I've watched the size and the number of fish caught reduce. Some speices of fish are more noticable then others. Example panfish i dont keep any myself because i dont think they are the size that they should be. I travel to northern Minnnesota just to fish for panfish. I bring one friend with me every year just to show them what a panfish should look like. After whomever I take north with me they dont keep panfish in our area, beacause they are small compared to what we have. Which is the same in every species of fish. I watch what people pull out of the ice and keep every winter. All i got to say is small. I've seen hoop-nets full of dead fish, full of pike bass carp you name it they swim in and dont come out. Many of reasons heard why that happens, but its all lost to me. Floods, wash down stream, line breaks whatever. It happens anyone who has been on the river knows anything can happen overnight. As a little kid I always thought that the river should be one of the best fisheries in the country but its far from it. O.K. so there are big fish in the river but do one or two big fish make up for the lack of good fishing action. That is the question really if its thought about. Should you keep your limit of fish even if there small, for me I dont keep anything unless the hook has killed them. Even then I still dont like keeping them. Then on top of that you have Recreational boaters that tear up the water making it impossible to fish let alone letting a fish spawn. So i leave the channel because of the boats, what do I get a jet-ski instead in the backwaters great. In my perspective the fish lose and so do we. In my belief it takes everyone to make a good fishiery the young, the old and, the kids.
O.K. thats the end of my rant thank you for listening and any view you might have on the subject