We were talking about size limits on saugeys a few days ago and I sent and email to the DNR and got this back when asked about size limits. From a management perspective, we typically use length limits to protect young fish so that they can grow to a size where they have a chance to reproduce. In the case of saugeyes, since they do not reproduce in our inland reservoirs, protecting potential spawners is not an issue. If protecting spawners is not the issue, then the use of a length limit would put us in the position of having to make a judgment call on what constitutes a "quality" fish. For new or inexperienced anglers, that might be 12 inches. For experienced anglers, it may be 15, 18, or 20 inches. That isn't a call that we are inclined to make, unless we have proof that harvest of small fish is negatively impacting the overall population. With saugeye stocking rates in the 7-10 million range annually, we feel that there are enough fish out there to satisfy everyone. Additionally, we expect the recent decrease in the bag limit (from 10 to 6 in 2001) may reduce the harvest of smaller fish. We use management tools like length limit regulations when there is sound scientific evidence indicating that one is needed. Keep in mind that we serve the entire angling public in Ohio. That includes a broad range of abilities, as well as species preferences. Issues such as harvest of small fish, and the lack of certain regulations are going to come up when you have a diverse angling constituency, because everyone has different preferences based upon angling ability and experience. In this case, allowing the anglers themselves to decide what constitutes a "keeper" reflects what we believe is the best overall strategy to keep everyone happy - and that's our job.