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Minimum Size of Panfish for Dinner?

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How large should Panfish be (inches) in order to be kept for dinner?  We'll be catching mostly Perch, Sunfish, Bluegills and Rock Bass.  

Also, is their a different size minimum when considering the health of the fish population?

We fish mostly for fun, but occasionally would like to enjoy our catch.  Thanks.

Leon

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I use the hand rule, anything that is as big as my hand hits the pan. If you have a large hand congrat's. I usually do not keep anything under 5". If I'm desperate anything goes.

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Thanks,

Big as your hand with or without the tail? :)

How small is too small to fillet (for a newby)?  :)

I'm thinking that 6" to 7" will be managable, until I'm more adept with sharp objects.  :D

Cheers!

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Just before the tail fin starts, there's meat all the way to the fin. A nice 4" fillet knife is a must.  My filleting skills are improving I usually scale the fish and leave the skin on.

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