Sounds like you have some great home waters there, Josh.
You can't let 'em all go, sensible harvest is part of fishing. It's better to fully utilize a fish that is hurt than to pretend it's going to survive, glad you put the hen in the smoker.
I have heard that the Erie fishery has exploded over the last several years, both in the lake (walleye, etc) and in the tribs.
I'm glad the Great Lakes are on a road to recovery, what a natural resource they are.