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A Conservation Officer needs to be able to count and identify the fish. Therefore, do not freeze them all in one lump. To package your fish, leave some skin on the fillets and pack the fillets side-by-side, not stacked on top of each other.

Transparent bags are good for packing fish because one can readily see what's inside. Do not freeze the fillets in water because the water will make it difficult or impossible to see or count the fillets.

Transporting Fish

You may never have more than one day's limit in your possession.

If your party has more than one car or boat, never transport more fish in the vehicle than the number of persons traveling in it. This mistake can really cost you money.

You can fillet the walleyes and northerns that you want to take home. You can also fillet your catch when you come off the water, for example at lunch time or at the end of the day. The only time when you must leave your walleyes and northern pike intact is while you are still actively engaged with fishing.

You can have filleted walleyes and northern pike in all of the instances listed below:

  1. when you prepare your fish for immediate consumption, even for a shore lunch

  2. when you prepare your catch at an overnight accommodation for storage, for example at your cabin

  3. when you transport your catch on the water from a temporary overnight accommodation to your primary residence and while you are not engaged in fishing while you are in transit. For example, you can have filleted fish if you slept out over night in a tent and are on your way back to your cabin, or if you are on your way from your cabin to your car, to head home. Just don't be fishing during that transit

  4. when you tansport your fish overland, as on your journey home

Remember to release immediately any fish that is not within the legal size range, even if the fish is injured and not likely to live. Therefore it is important to take great care when removing the lure from the fish.

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