HuntNetwork Menu


New Page 2

Video Adverts

submitted by philipp on Sat May 18 2013 at 06:06am
Indianhead Ranch Outdoor Summer Camp

Views 7145
submitted by philipp on Fri Apr 26 2013 at 06:50am
Chris Troskie Safaris

Views 6303
submitted by philipp on Fri Feb 22 2013 at 05:12am
McDonald Safaris

Views 4711
submitted by philipp on Fri Jan 11 2013 at 05:15am
East Cape Safaris

Views 4658
submitted by philipp on Wed Dec 12 2012 at 05:45am
Fish'n'Crab Charters

Views 4545
submitted by philipp on Tue Dec 11 2012 at 05:09am
Blaauwkrantz Safaris

Views 4671
submitted by philipp on Mon Nov 5 2012 at 04:31am
Wild Footprint Safaris

Views 6752
submitted by philipp on Tue Oct 30 2012 at 06:34am
Baobab Jagd

Views 4806
submitted by philipp on Wed Sep 26 2012 at 11:21pm
Dolphin Marine

Views 4850
submitted by philipp on Sat Jul 9 2011 at 05:13am
Tollie's African Safaris

Views 10898
submitted by philipp on Tue May 24 2011 at 11:17pm
McDonald Safaris

Views 7292
submitted by philipp on Tue May 24 2011 at 09:49pm
Baobab Jagd Namibia

Views 6952
submitted by philipp on Wed Nov 25 2009 at 06:34pm
Wild Country Adventures

Views 18691

McDonald Safaris

New Page 2

HuntNetwork Store

New Page 7

USA Fishing : USA: Changes ahead for bass fishing?

on 2013/7/30 11:05:11 (2066 reads)

Lapeer, Michigan. — Bassmaster Magazine recently published its list of the top 100 bass-fishing waters for 2013, and five Michigan lakes, including the No. 1-ranked Lake St. Clair, were on it, further evidence of Michigan’s standing as a premier bass-fishing destination.
Click to see original Image in a new window

This makes Michigan’s seasonal closures during one of the best bites of the year – early spring – all the more frustrating for both local and out-of-state anglers.

That soon may change if a proposal being considered by the DNR is adopted.

The proposal, submitted by the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation on behalf of Michigan’s Bass Anglers Sportsmen Society clubs and members, contains two provisions.

The first would extend the catch-and-release bass season (outside the possession season) on all Michigan waters to year-round. Currently, catch and release is legal from the last Saturday in April through the start of the possession season on the Saturday before Memorial Day in the Lower Peninsula, and from May 15 to the possession season opener in the U.P. From Jan. 1 through the start of the catch-and-release seasons, it’s illegal to catch or attempt to catch bass.

The second provision would move the opening of the possession season on Lake St. Clair from the third Saturday in June to the Saturday before Memorial Day – in line with the rest of the state.

Michigan’s current bass seasons were primarily designed to protect spawning fish, but considering the wide variance in the timing of the bass spawn in Michigan and the fact that the majority of bass anglers already release the bass they catch, earlier catch-and-release bass fishing would seem to have little impact, supporters say.

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation conservation director Dan Kimmel, who crafted the proposal, points out that Michigan’s additional early spring bass-fishing opportunities would attract more out-of-state anglers and generate additional revenue in the form of nonresident fishing licenses, food, lodging, and fishing tackle.

Jim Sprague, owner of Michigan-based K & E Tackle, agrees. “I think the impact on the fishing and travel industries would be fantastic,” he said. “Overall, there would definitely be an increase in tackle and boat sales. Anglers would have a longer season to use products and that will lead to more sales.”

Mark Zona, host of ESPN’s The Bassmasters and the Outdoor Channel’s Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show moved to Michigan in 1991 primarily because of the phenomenal bass fishing. He said he supports efforts to preserve and protect Michigan’s bass fisheries, and the proposal to open catch-and-release fishing year-round.

“It’s a shame that the best fishing in the country is closed during one of the best times of the year,” Zona told Michigan Outdoor News.

The second provision – the proposed change to the possession season on Lake St. Clair – is drawing considerably more scrutiny, with most of the criticism focused on concern about the potential impact of three additional weeks of tournament fishing. Since tournaments can only be held during the possession season, the earlier start could mean many Lake St. Clair bass would still be spawning. Specifically, those who object to tournament angling during the spawning season view it as a threat to recruitment success when bedding bass are caught and then released far from their spawning site. Kimmel counters by pointing out that many locations in northern Michigan already receive considerable tournament fishing pressure during the spawning season, with no adverse effects on the fishery.

The proposal is in the hands of the DNR Warmwater Resources Steering Committee, which will consult with fisheries biologists to assess the potential impact on the fishery.

Todd Grischke, Lake Huron basin coordinator for the DNR Fisheries Division, is the committee’s sponsor. He estimated that the earliest anglers could see any regulatory changes related to the proposal is the 2015 season. ... s-ahead-for-bass-fishing/

Rating: 0.00 (0 votes) - Rate this News -

Other articles
2017/11/15 17:50:51 - First Cheetah cubs born in Malawi in over two decades
2017/9/21 9:39:24 - Public consultation on ivory trade in the EU
2017/9/6 11:41:54 - Wyoming Game and Fish Department to Hold Bear Spray Giveaway
2017/9/6 11:31:33 - BC NDP announce the end of the grizzly bear trophy hunt in 2018
2017/9/6 11:21:19 - Economic & ecological benefits of hunting in Namibia
2017/8/28 14:50:08 - Online rhino horn auction draws few bidders
2017/8/12 12:53:39 - European Commission v Republic of Malta
2017/7/12 9:30:00 - US lifts ban on hunting trophies from Zimbabwe
2017/7/10 10:55:47 - Fishing with Drones
2017/7/10 10:40:00 - New IGFA Rule for Multi-Lure Rigs
2017/7/5 18:53:42 - Hunting can help European ecosystems
2017/7/5 18:40:41 - Extinction fears are raised as poachers kill their 139th rhino of 2017 in KwaZulu-Natal
2017/7/5 18:36:10 - Read: ‘Expired gun licences are now still valid’, court makes big ruling on Firearms Act
2017/7/5 10:30:00 - Unofficial world record black marlin
2017/7/4 19:46:21 - Senate Passes WILD Act

Fish"n"Crab Charters

New Page 1




Remember me

Lost Password?

Register now!


Hunting Photos

First Blood for his... (2017/9/6)
First Blood for his...
Buffalo Bull Gravel... (2015/9/2)
Buffalo Bull Gravel...
Crocodile (2014/1/30)
Elephant (2014/1/30)
Bear Hunting (2013/8/20)
Bear Hunting
Roebucks in Romania (2013/6/11)
Roebucks in Romania
Hippo (2013/6/7)

Fishing Photos

Mozambique: Bazarot... (2013/10/29)
Mozambique: Bazarot...
Mozambique: Bazarut... (2013/10/21)
Mozambique: Bazarut...
no title (2013/9/20)
no title
Mozambique: Wave Wa... (2013/8/16)
Mozambique: Wave Wa...
Marlin Fishing (2013/8/14)
Marlin Fishing
Mackrel (2013/6/30)