We keep about 6 to 8 fillets to eat. I give the rest of them away.
Most gills that I catch that are over 10 inches long go back in the pond, unless they are hooked deeply and I don't think they will survive.
I have over 100 ponds around here that I can fish. I watch the ponds to see that the number of fish I catch and the size doesn ot decrease.
The ponds are on fertile gorund so taking 200 hundred panfish out of a 4 acre pond in a year is not a problem.
Numbers deems to stay the same and size increases.
Also release all the bass.