Re: Big enough to mount?
I would tend to agree that the body of water and circumstances of the catch have always controlled my decision of whether or not to get a walleye mounted.
For instance, when I first began to frequent Lake Erie for eyes, I caught a number of trophy(at least for anywhere else) eyes in the 27-31" range and intended to get one of them mounted. However, after a few more trips and seeing how common a 30" 10# eye was in Erie, I decided against it.
This Spring I landed my personal best walleye at 32.5" ~11#. What made this one so sweet was that it was taken from the 3-rivers. With nearly 15 years of dedicated walleye fishing on the 3-rivers under my belt, I knew this one was special and that the likelihood of topping this one was very slim from these waters. Even with that said, I hate killing big females from the river and decided that I was going to let her loose. Well after 30 minutes of effort, it was apparent that she wasn't going to make it. Given the circumstances and the body of water the fish came from I decided to have it mounted. I am anxiously waiting for its return from the taxi now and I believe the mount will allow me to relive my experience for many years to come...