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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:08 AM 03/05/09 (CST)
Who do we have to bit*h to around here about the bass season?

I recently sent an email to someone at the DNR asking about the bass opener dates. I actually got a very sincere and sympathetic reply, but was told he wasn’t the person to discuss anything official with. He said he would forward my questions to someone he thought might be better equipped to respond. He didn’t tell me a name and I never heard back from anyone else. confused smiley

My argument was nothing new, I’m sure. Basically, the folks who obey the rules, purchase their license every year and wait for the opener, aren’t the one’s pulling bass from the lakes; especially the big ones. Personally, I don’t really know any bass angler that doesn’t catch & release. So what would loosening up the bass season really do to the population? Heck, I’d even pay a few extra dollars for my license if it meant I could get out before the end of May!




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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:13 PM 03/09/09 (CST)
The DNR wants the southern boys & gals to spend your money up north during the first 2 weeks after the general opener if you want to catch bass smile smiley I'll be fishing bass on walleye opener.





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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:12 PM 03/11/09 (CST)
Some of the bass anglers have been trying to convince the MN DNR to open the bass season at the walleye openner. The DNR has opposed it because in much of the state the bass are still on the beds. Minnesota has excellent bass fishing but that could change quick if too many fish are pulled off the beds during the short eratic spawning season we have. That's why the local Conservation Officer hears from me real quick if I see someone fishing bass before the season. Besides what's the challenge shooting fish in a barrel like fishing spawning fish.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:55 PM 03/11/09 (CST)
Since largemouth bass have a pretty slow growth rate this far north I'm guessing you'll see a pretty quick decline of quality fish if people are allowed to start pulling these fish off their beds.

Fishing isn't about rushing to do anything, its supposed to be a relaxed sport where patience is key. Just be patient and wait until the fish are less vulnerable. You'll likely thank yourself the next time you catch a 5 pounder.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 07:23 PM 03/17/09 (CST)
confused smiley well, bass are usually at the peak of their spawn at the beginning of june so the closed in may argument doesnt make much sense to me.
Plus wisconsin bass opener is in the first weekend in may and i don't notice a decline in bass fishing at all. there is no logic to protecting bass in may, it is all about tradition. it is how we have always done it and no one like to change.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:44 AM 03/18/09 (CST)
Interesting replies.

Myself, I will not fish for bass before the opener. But that's why I get a little frustrated like this. Even the DNR website says the bass spawn is "between late April and early June". I know the law is in effect to protect females with eggs, but the opener happens in the middle of the spawn; just like MTP noted above. And if the females have already finished their part, then the males are guarding the beds; and those are the bass that attack. Those males are even easier to land than a big female and then the bed is left unprotected. Isn't that just as, potentially, harmful to the population than taking a female full of eggs?







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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:52 AM 03/20/09 (CST)
Wow, interesting post. One thing to consider is that Minnesota is one of the few states that even has a closed bass season. Studies do show that fisheries are not all that effected by fish being caught during the spawn. On the other hand majority of bass fisherman are catch and release, I would like to at least see a step in the right direction by allowing catch and release only until the official opener. It doesn't hurt the fishery unless the fish are being kept. Otherwise you take a photo and put that toad right back on her bed.


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