My only suggestion is to be a bit more careful about what you post...especially if it can be interpreted as being afoul of regulations. In Utah there are different bag and possession limits for almost all waters that have crappies in them. And the law is open to the interpretation of the DWR officers. If one of them was to find you with 100 fillets...from a water where the statewide limit of 50 applies...he could arbitrarily assume that you caught them in Willard or Powell...where the limit is only 10.
We have some quirky laws in Utah...especially on trout. For example if you catch and keep a couple of tiger trout under 22 inches in Huntington, and then go fish in Scofield, a CO might check your fish from the other lake and give you a ticket for being in possession of slot limit fish at Scofield.
It pays to know the regulations and to not leave yourself open to being considered a violator. We know you know how to catch the crappies at Utah Lake. And there are plenty of them in there. But not many folks look kindly on somebody who harvests for the freezer and then boasts about having more than the bag and possession limit.
But what done is done, hope for the best and now you know.
I am just a little surprised that in the past three days, I have read post about "MISTAKES".
I have to say it again, no excuse for ignorance (not knowing) to break the law. This is a good thing and probably more enforced now due to some NON ENGLISH speaking people trying the old "I didn't know" story.
1. What is good in one state, may not be good in all states.
2. With the 365 day license, first of every month check yours to see when it is expired, or before you hop in the car and head out.
Be safe this year,
I can vouch about his releasing fish. I met him at Jordanelle last summer and all the fish I saw him catch went right back into the lake.
Fishing and trains...what else is there? BASEBALL.......
Maybe it was an exaggeration kinda like "I have a million fillets in the freezer". I always say I have a freezer full of fish to emphasize that I caught a bunch of fish but really I only ever freeze a couple fillets at a time.
My dad never taught me to fish.
I'm looking for a replacement.
I say you handled this well, you made a mistake and broke the fish laws. You now understand them & can move forward. I commend you for being honest & admitting to it, thats more than alot of folks could do.
I say past that everyone should chill & put this thing to rest. I dont know you, but from other posts it sounds like your a stand up fisherman. Peace and good fishing !