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Ok i have a question.A guy at work was asking me if you fish all night how many fish are you allowed to take home?The reason i ask is he said that you are fishing two different days so you should be able to keep two days of fish.I told him he was wrong that you can only keep one days worth.Am i wrong or is he.
 

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So I assume you are fishing for a species that actually has a "legal limit" in the body of water you would be fishing. If the regulation hasn't changed and I remember correctly it doesn't matter if you fish for one night or a week straight. If the "possession" limit is 6 per licensed angler then you better not have more than 6 in your sole possession. Fillets in the cooler at the lake need to have a piece of skin attached in order to identify species and those count towards your possession. I am sure someone else will chime in and tell you if I am wrong as well as post the actual regs off the G&F site. Don't quote me.
 

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Interesting question. I pulled up the Reg and the header of the page 5 is Daily Bag and Possession Limits. Then the columb states Daily and Possession Bag Limits. I take this to mean that in your posssession for that day you are allowed 6 any combination of LMB or SMB. If you go out there and fish for several days and each day take 6 back to camp and clean them then it seems that the next day you can go out and take 6 more.

If you were fishing for 3 days and took 6 the first day then why would you continue to fish for more bass, your limit has been taken and any more you would be fined.
 

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I think thats part of the reason the posession limit was put in place. The posession limit is typically two "daily" limits... I think legally if you caught your limit before midnight you could catch another limit the next day and be perfectly legal. Crappie and Striper dont have limits and they are the only fish worth eating anyway...
 

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If your fishing all night how you gonna prove you caught these six before midnight and theses six after midnight
 

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Nope. Possession is possesion. In your fridge, freezer, etc is possession. Now if you caught six one day and gave them to your neighbor you could catch six more the next day. If you caught six and ate them you could take six more the next day. You can not have six in your freezer and six in your boat.

Your bag limit for the period is for the time period (day season etc), but your possession limit is in possession no matter how many days they were taken over.

I hear snowbirds occassionally bragging about taking a freezer full of bass back to Washegonada from time to time. They can be cited for every bass over six (6) they have in possesion if checked.
 

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Nope. Possession is possesion. In your fridge, freezer, etc is possession. Now if you caught six one day and gave them to your neighbor you could catch six more the next day. If you caught six and ate them you could take six more the next day. You can not have six in your freezer and six in your boat.

Your bag limit for the period is for the time period (day season etc), but your possession limit is in possession no matter how many days they were taken over.

I hear snowbirds occassionally bragging about taking a freezer full of bass back to Washegonada from time to time. They can be cited for every bass over six (6) they have in possesion if checked.
I guess I was wrong on the posession limit as well. It has been a long time since I kept any fish other than striper. I do remember when I was a kid the posession limit on most fish was twice the daily limit...
 

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Nope. Possession is possesion. In your fridge, freezer, etc is possession. Now if you caught six one day and gave them to your neighbor you could catch six more the next day. If you caught six and ate them you could take six more the next day. You can not have six in your freezer and six in your boat.

Your bag limit for the period is for the time period (day season etc), but your possession limit is in possession no matter how many days they were taken over.

I hear snowbirds occassionally bragging about taking a freezer full of bass back to Washegonada from time to time. They can be cited for every bass over six (6) they have in possesion if checked.
So what you are saying is if I go to Roosevelt camping and plan on fishing for bass for 3 days. If I caught 6 that first day and kept them the first day. My fishing is now done for bass. I have 6 in my possession and if I catch another the next day and I have cleaned the first 6 and are in my freezer I have broken the law when I catch the 7th on the next day!
 

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So what you are saying is if I go to Roosevelt camping and plan on fishing for bass for 3 days. If I caught 6 that first day and kept them the first day. My fishing is now done for bass. I have 6 in my possession and if I catch another the next day and I have cleaned the first 6 and are in my freezer I have broken the law when I catch the 7th on the next day!
Bob I'm pretty sure it's a DAILY bag/possession limit although I am fairly confident it should be communicated publically that you can never have more than 6 bass on you at any given time.
 

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Bob I'm pretty sure it's a DAILY bag/possession limit although I am fairly confident it should be communicated publically that you can never have more than 6 bass on you at any given time.
Like I said earlier it has been a long time since I kept any fish except stripers but from what I remember possession limits include fish in the freezer/cooler etc... But maybe that has changed too?
 

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You are only allowed to have the allotted amount of fish in your possession at one time whether they are in your freezer or in your boat, the next fish that is caught if you have not given or eaten your daily limit is illegal. So even if you are fishing for a month you are only allowed to have a single days limit in possession for each species of fish at a time.
 

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Thank you guys i will tell my buddy at work.He goes to roosy all the time and i didnt think you could have more than 6 at any time.
 

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Nope. Possession is possesion. In your fridge, freezer, etc is possession. Now if you caught six one day and gave them to your neighbor you could catch six more the next day. If you caught six and ate them you could take six more the next day. You can not have six in your freezer and six in your boat.

Your bag limit for the period is for the time period (day season etc), but your possession limit is in possession no matter how many days they were taken over.

I hear snowbirds occassionally bragging about taking a freezer full of bass back to Washegonada from time to time. They can be cited for every bass over six (6) they have in possesion if checked.
Um...I don't think so Bob! Perhaps if they are moving them, but I can keep/freeze as many bass as I legally caught at my house, regardless of how many there are. If I fished for 1 week straight and caught my daily limit each day and at the end of the day took them home, cleaned them, and then put them in my freezer, I would have 42 fish in my freezer, which is totally legal.
 

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Um...I don't think so Bob! Perhaps if they are moving them, but I can keep/freeze as many bass as I legally caught at my house, regardless of how many there are. If I fished for 1 week straight and caught my daily limit each day and at the end of the day took them home, cleaned them, and then put them in my freezer, I would have 42 fish in my freezer, which is totally legal.
From the Regulations page 8:

" No persion shall have in their possesion(in field, in camp, in transit or at permanent residence) more than one daily limit of any fish species. Fish are in the angler's possession whether on hand, in cold storage, in transport, at home, or elsewhere under their ownership."

http://www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/h_f/regulations/FishingRegulations.pdf

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only if the possession limit is 42. which it is not. it's 6.
 

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REGULATIONS

Steve is right but he missed some important info. When in doubt READ THE REGS, do not go off what you've heard or your buddy thinks is correct. See below for comments/clarification.

FROM THE 2009-2010 REGS

Daily Bag and Possession Limit
• The daily bag limit is the maximum number of fish that may be legally
caught and reduced to possession in one day. Once you catch a fish and
do not release it, it now counts toward your daily bag limit. This includes
any fish you catch and give away to someone else. Daily limits are for 24-hour periods (midnight to midnight). Possession limits are the same as


daily limits unless otherwise noted (including waters listed under the
Special Regulations).

• No person shall have in their possession (in the field, in camp, in transit,


or at permanent residence) more than one daily limit of any fish species. Fish are in an angler’s possession whether on hand, in cold storage, in transport, at home, or elsewhere under their ownership.

• An angler may take daily limits of several types of fish per day. Daily catch


limits apply to all Arizona waters fished that day. An angler who has taken and kept a limit of fish may not continue to fish for the same species that day. Additionally, an angler who has taken and kept a limit of fish may not continue to fish on subsequent days, unless the angler has first consumed or given away all or a portion of the possession limit.

• Where only catch-and-release fishing is allowed, fish must be returned


unharmed immediately to the water after being caught.

• Unlicensed youth under the age of 14 and unlicensed blind residents may take and keep only one-half the bag and possession limit of trout established for each water. For all other legal fi sh species, youth under the age of 14 and blind residents may take their own separate limits as established for each species.



This is confusing because it is discussing DAILY and POSSESION limits at the same time as though they are different, however, in most cases they are the same. In the case for bass, it is 6 bass in your possession, no matter when you caught them. The biggest confusion I see is the giving away of fish. If you catch 6 bass, then give them away, you are in your DAILY limit (read the same day you caught it) it still counts towards your DAILY limit, so you are done fishing.
If you go home and it is passed midnight of the day you caught them, then it counts towards your POSSESION limit and you can give it away or consume it, and then return to the lake and continue to fish.
It is probably now clear as mud, if you have questions feel free to give me or your local G&F office a call.


 

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Um...I don't think so Bob! Perhaps if they are moving them, but I can keep/freeze as many bass as I legally caught at my house, regardless of how many there are. If I fished for 1 week straight and caught my daily limit each day and at the end of the day took them home, cleaned them, and then put them in my freezer, I would have 42 fish in my freezer, which is totally legal.
Better clean out that freezer.:biggrin:

This is actually a good reminder to read and know your regs. An honest mistake could cost you some cash or your privileges.
 
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