During our camping trips that involve fishing we are always painfully aware of the State of California Trout limits. We probably catch and release 95% of the time, but there are times that we get together with others in a campground and have a big ‘ol fresh fish fry.
Now, to prepare for this, we begin the day on a mission. Keeping Calif. fishing regulations in mind, that mission is to make sure that by the time the last chunk of freshly cleaned Trout hits the frying pan, every mouth and tummy will have their fill and be totally satisfied.
This means that we sometimes float right on the edge of the limits. If one limits out and they are still biting like crazy, how do you pull yourself away from them? Do you start pulling the smallest ones off of yours and everybody else’s stringers and putting the larger ones on?
What do ya’ do if there are more mouths and tummies to satisfy than there are fisherman hitting the fishing hole?
Adding to the Dilemna…
One of the problems that campers often have to deal with is locals to the area coming into the campgrounds when the fish are biting and cleaning out your good fishing hole. Many times these locals know the game warden and where they won’t be on a particular day and they’ll throw the limits to the wind and go home with twice their limit, if not more.
So keeping the trout fishing regulations in California in mind, my question to you is this: with the fish fry happening in 5 or 6 hours and the fish biting like crazy, do you throw the ethics and limits to the wind and catch your 5, put ‘em on ice, and go again until you know that you’ll have enough for everyone?
Or, Door #2…
Or do you catch your limit, watch the locals come in and clean out your hole and then ya’ simply cook up some hot dogs for the poor souls that were craving some nice, freshly fried Trout, who incidentally, should have been fishing by your side in the first place?
Please let me know what ya’ think!