Maybe we "the concerned fisher people" should form some type of organization an allince perhaps to help with this issue.
Wr tried that Barry with the NH Salmon Alliance, flooped in less than a year. We have the Salmon Pledge, a good start in my opinion, educate and promote better care of the Salmon, hooked or not. A few items in the Pledge may need to be looked at some more but it's a start.
Slot limit I think is designed for breeding fish, which ours are not, but might leave more fish to get eggs from, not a problem normally but a little insurance. I like the idea of taking no 3 yr olds, but hard to police and most peolle dont know a 2yr old from a 5yr old. Some 3 yr olds look like small 2's. etc, so maybe 18" limit across the board, regardless of age is better, but maybe not for all lakes ????????
A trophy lake is easier to create than one would think, put less fish in a lake that has plenty of food is the first step.
Main culprit many feel is "fishing pressure" and maybe putting in too many Salmon in Winni, two problems that will never be solved to everyones liking. So education is the best solution maybe.
Another good idea I've heard is raising the limit of legal Salmon to 18" if it's a biologicaly sound idea for the lakes proposed. More fish for the amoount of available forage present could be a catch 22 and hurt the population ?????????????? Oerstocking or making increasd length limits, could be counterproductive or maybe not. May be good for one lake and bad for another.
I like making different regulations for different Salmon lakes, some of the lakes have different problems so an idea for one lake may not work for another. So the best ideas I have heard are special regulations for certain lakes, slot limit or 3yr olds off limits may help, maybe size limits.
Making Winni a trophy lake aint happening, it is what it is by design, a numbers lake, any attempts to change it would cause an uprising, so maybe Winni dont have a problem ? People like catching lots of Salmon, people like Derbies, etc. all which brings more pressure (the real culprit) on the lake, spring summer and fall (winter too I guess) but the majority are happy I'd say, so if it aint broke, why fix it..