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Bass Fishing in Henderson Lake in South Central Louisiana

Basin Bass

After hurricane Andrew in 92 until today, We go out and catch 30 to 40 bass in the basin and would be lucky to have 2 or 3 over 14'. It would take 2 or 3 trips if not more just to keep enough to make a meal for the family, if I chose to do so.In the time after Andrew, I would drive over the basin after a storm and see large numbers of bass and other fish clogging waterways and rotting away.
Remembering the many trips I'd make with nothing to bring home and seeing all of this waste, it would really upset me!!! This happened for just about every hurricane before andrew as well, with a 12' length limit in place, or if I remember correctly, no length limit. In combination, these natural disasters and set regulations didn't stop the fish from recovering to healthy levels back then.
And for those that mention, 'some will be FILLING THE FREEZER', You will have the 'OUTLAW' no matter what the law states,heck,It happens now I'm sure. It's all about enforcement. Why was the this 14' Length limit implemented?
Was it a experiment to grow 'TROPHY BASS' in the basin? If it was to aid in the regeneration of fish after Andrew thats understandable, but it's been 21 years!! Best eating are the ones in the 12 to 15 inch range anyway..... LOLL!! I think the report speaks for itself.
February 11, 2013 at 2:09pm
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JB
Posted February 11, 2013 at 2:45pm
Spillway

DaDucks - You are 100% correct. Let's just open up ALL fish and remove the number restrictions also. It is only a matter of time before another hurricane kills all of the fish anyway, might as well remove them all before that happens. While we are at it, in areas that flood during a storm, let's remove set deer seasons and let's all go shoot every deer we see, 365 days a year. It would be horrible to see dead deer floating in flood waters again.

Again, we will see how much the Spillway will be effected after this summer when hundreds of thousands of pounds of bass are removed in few month stretch. And we will also see the same people complaining about not catching keepers switch to not catching bass, period.

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:25pm
Rocket Science ????

JB, it has to be rocket science. Why else would so few be able to comprehend. You are correct also that within a year or two, the same ones complaining about the 14 inch size limit will be complaining about the lack of fish.

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JB
Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:34pm
Bass

Doc - It'll be ok though because the few fish that ARE caught will be able to be kept and after all, that is why we fish, to eat...

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 3:36pm
Basin Bass

JB,

I never mentioned a free for all, and there will be quantity restrictions. The lakes I frequent just don't produce 14' fish in any numbers, In fact they are hard to find.

A good majority of the fish we catch do show signs of catch and release. Either half of there mouth parts are missing or they are full of sores from being dragged across the carpet. I'd like to know the mortality rate from that?? I just want to take a few fish home to fry when I go fishing and this lower length limit will help me do this.

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JB
Posted February 11, 2013 at 5:48pm
Not Exactly

DaDuck - I have caught a couple of thousand bass in the spillway in the last 4-5 years and I can count the number of previously caught fish on 1 hand. As for the mortality rate on fish caught and released, I think the mortality rate of those fish will be WAY lower than the 10 inch fish that will sit in a livewell in July for several hours only to be released in favor of a 12 inch fish. Or how about the boat that doesn't have a livewell and the fishermen have their limit of 12 inch fish in an ice chest and one of those fishermen catch a 15 inch fish. Do you think those fishermen will release the 15 inch fish? I bet not. I bet they will toss a dead 10 incher in favor of the 15 incher. I think we will see a lot more dead bass floating because of this.

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:12pm
Why,Sure!

JB- Do you truly belive that a few lawless, unethical individuals will have such an impact on a fishery, or is this something you're using to try to add substance to your argument?

Those guys are out there right now. Seems the fishery is doing OK.

I'm not sure if your implying this or not, but I for one wouldn't want my ability to keep a few fish dictated by the lawless.

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JB
Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:57pm
Nope

Ducks - I never said those few criminals or unethical people will be the downfall of the fishery. You wondered about the mortality rate of bass caught and released. I was trying to tell you that the mortality rate of caught and released fish will be much lower than fish caught, kept in a livewell for several hours and released after a bigger fish is caught and even lower than bass caught, put in an ice chest then tossed over in favor of a bigger fish. People will not stop fishing once their limit is reached. They will stay after it and try to upgrade to the best limit possible which will be basically the same as what is done now (catch and release).

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:26pm
The Basin

Guys, I live in the Des Allemands area, but I fish in a club form Ascension Parish the past two years. All of these guys were raised fishing the Basin, and know it extremely well. If you look at their records the last few years, the basin has not produced as well as it does now for quite a while. I've fished 3 tournaments the past 24 months in the basin with the club. They average about 10 to 14 boats, with over 20 fishermen taking part. EVERYONE limited out with bass over 14 inches. That is for 3 tournaments. There are 3,4, and 5 lb. bass weighed in for all 3 tournaments....and more than just a couple. The lunker in one tournament was almost 8 lbs....the bass weighed 7 lbs.- 10 ounces. Each fisherman had averaged better than 40 bass caught, ( most right under 14 inches), and some boats averaged over 60 bass. Everyone has a ball when we fish the basin because everyone catches bass, along with some nice keepers.

In a Media Bass singles tournament last year in the basin, a fellow weighed in a 5 bass stringer that weighed over 27 lbs. He had two bass that weighed almost 8 lbs each. You can go to the Media Bass site and look at those pics. I cannot say why so many people have trouble catching keeper size bass from the basin...but I feel it must have to do with experience or something. There are groups of bass in that spillway that are growing out of the 14 inch range. Granted, most of the bass in the basin will be in that 14 inch range, but the basin right now is a very healthy fishery. I wish the LDWF would lower the size limit to 13 inches for 24 months and keep their study going to see the results. They can always just take the size limit away anytime.

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:31pm
NAH....

JB- I don't think that the average joe, out for a few fish to eat for supper, will be trying to cull up for more weight. This scenario brings to mind a tournament fisherman.

With that said, wouldn't jerking a 3 pounder full of RED roe off of the bed, draging it around in a loaded (if you're lucky)livewell for 6 hours, putting it in a bag for the scale, dumped in a release tank on a barge (if they're lucky) then flushed out of a hole in the middle of a lake 15 miles from it's bed be a little tramatic for the fish? Do you realise how many times this happens every year. All you have to do is look at the tournament schedules.

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:38pm
Catch & Release

DaDuck, you should be happy there are people that believe in catch and release. Every fish they throw back, you have a chance to catch and possibly keep. Think about it.

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JB
Posted February 11, 2013 at 8:59pm
Basin

Duck - You are right about bed fish. I'm sure its very traumatic for the fish and there is a chance that fish will die BUT at least it has a chance to survive. Know what the chances are that fish lives if it is caught by someone that just wants to put it in their freezer?

As for the average Joe not culling up to a bigger limit. Are you kidding? Do you think that if someone pulls up to a run-out right at daylight and whacks a limit in 10 minutes that that person will stow the rods and head for the house? Highly doubt it. People will put the first 7 fish big enough to filet in the livewell and cull as needed.

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Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:12pm
Basin

Doc- I don't have a problem with catch release,on the contrary, I think it's great. When I think back about the old ALBC top 6 tournaments that I would fish at toledo in the late 70's and early 80's, catch and release was not practiced. There were pickup truck loads of bass being iced down. That would really give me a sick feeling but that all changed some time ago. Heck, Bassmasters didn't have catch and release in there early years. There are just way too many tournaments not to have it in place.

Rocknet- I do agree that the basin has fish, and does have it's share of goods ones, I however disagree with now being beter then years past. When the Ford Dealers For Bass circuit and other tournaments would come to Morgan City,there were heafty stringers taken from the basin regarless of the length limit. I fished tournaments for years with a local bass club and we never had problems cathing stringers of good fish. Now,honestly, I don't want to go out over a couple of weekends or more to find a pocket of fish to exeed the length limit. Just think about how the average 'weekender' must feel, catching these 13 7/8' fish all day long and ending up with nothing to take home. Tournament fisherman practice for an event,weekend fishermen go out for the enjoyment and maybe a few to fry at the end of the day.

JB- As I stated earlier, those guys are out there now and they're going to do what they do regardless of the regulations. I would like to beleive that the law abiding fishermen would far out number the low life scumfrogs,so this shouldn't be an issue?? There will be a two year trial period,lets see what happens. If the numbers start to slide, I'd be good with a change to stricter regs. The current regs have been in place for 21 years. What's 2 years going to hurt?

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JB
Posted February 11, 2013 at 11:37pm
No Comparison

Duck = Comparing the Spillway now to 20-30 years ago isn't a valid comparison. There are 100 times the fishermen now then there were then.

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Posted February 12, 2013 at 1:28pm
I Know.

JB- I agree with you 100 percent. The number of people bass fishing today is enormous. It's agravating and most times amusing to watch the show at the landings. Brand new $80,000 rig sliding off the trailer onto the concrete ramp and the owner trying to raise the boat up with the power trim and a 2x4, only to have the skeg break off.

I pick my times and places carefully. Just can't deal with the ignorance.



Definition of IGNORANCE

: the state or fact of being ignorant : lack of knowledge, education, or awareness

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JB
Posted February 12, 2013 at 3:56pm
Spillway

Duck - Imagine what it will be like now that people can put a filet knife to all of those bass...

Better be able to go on a Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday might be ok, Thursday dicey. Saturday and Sunday? No chance.

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Posted February 12, 2013 at 7:49pm
Spillway

I might get a chance to go once a month if Im lucky, Im gonna practice catch and release right to the ice chest anything over 12 inches . I am not going to keep as many as I want like some of you think but I will keep my 7 fish .Its been 20 years and it aint working. Everyone that I talk to in person has been saying the same thing for years.

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Posted February 12, 2013 at 8:03pm
Basin

TMon - It's the same situation with me. I don't get out on the water as much as I'd like to anymore, but when I do, I'd sure like to take a few of those fat little 'footballs' back with me.

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JB
Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:03am
Bass

And y'all will have no trouble catching your 7, at first.

Let's look at some numbers. These are not official numbers, just a guesstimate.

When the fishing is on in the Spillway, there are roughly 500 boats. The vast mahority of those boats have 2 people in it, some 3, some 1 but I think it's safe to say the overall average is 2 people per boat. That means 1000 fishermen. Let's be conservative and say 3/4 of those are targeting bass only, that makes 750 bass fishermen each Saturday and Sunday. Let's now say that only half of those 750 catch a limit (we all know at first that 99% will catch limit without a problem). That means 375 people will catch a limit. 375 x 7 = 2,625 bass a day, 5,250 bass a weekend. Now, if the fishing is good for a month, that means 21,000 fish a month.

Those numbers do not take into account weekdays or when fishing is only marginal, or people that are targeting other species and bass are just a by-catch. Do y'all actually think that won't have an adverse effect over a 2 year period? Heaven forbid we do not get a typical spring flood and the fish HAVE to spawn where everyone can get to them. We all know that people will not release a fish because she has eggs. WL&F says we can keep 7 a person so that obviously means that we can all keep 7 and the fishery will not be effected, right?

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:29am
1,000 Jamaicans

were surveyed and all thought the word dislike was dis i like said really fast.

Dont worry be happy or all you basin bass fishermen will be on HBP meds.Type-A, high strung people you are! LMBO

Looks like your worst nightmare is going to come true. Y'all just need to sing along.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:54am
Tis a shame

JB, I'm starting to think that a lot of the fishermen here have been hit with the bug. They feel entitled to fish in the water and should be able to keep whatever they want. I'm not a tournament fisherman, and I bring fish home to eat almost every trip. However, I am educated enough to understand that if I and everyone else bring everything we catch home then sooner or later there will not be anything to bring home. People, generally speaking based off of the past, cannot police themselves. This is why I have no problem with LAW&F keeping stricter regulations to ensure the spot continues.



Example: Look at our hunting in the state. When it was 'brown and down' it was hard to see quality bucks around here. We've adapated to new standards, and the quality and numbers have jumped.

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JB
Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:05am
Spillway

Cajun - I think you are right. I also believe that (I've said this a thousand times and nobody has challenged it so I assume I hit it out of the park) people associate a good trip or a successful trip with the amount of filets put in a freezer. I have heard it countless times, 'What did you catch?', 'All we caught were 40-50 13 inch fish. It sure does suck we couldn't keep any.'

Why can't people be satisfied with the fun of catching fish? Why do we have to have filets in the freezer to justify fishing? If people are so hung up on filet poundage, why not bream fish? Why not go catch catfish in Lake Verret? Why not try to get filet poundage another way? The fish are there for the taking, take away!

I also think that it is a typical south Louisiana attitude that much of the population doesn't like to be told they CAN'T do something. People in general do not like to have rules that govern what they can/can't do. I have been a police officer for the past 14 years and have seen it first hand.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:18am
Bass are game fish

Bass are not sold at local stores because they are a game fish, and it's harder for them to keep their numbers then say catfish, bream, or gar. If you want poundage of filets then bass fishing(even without size limits) is not for you. People need to realize that bass are treated differently then all other fish. Lets take a look at the fishing regulations for a moment.



Bass: 9/Day (Some places at 8 so I average it out)

Gou: 25/Day

Buffalo: 25/Day

Sac-a-lait: 50/Day

Catfish: 100/Day

Bream: None

Gar: None



One of these is not like the others. Right now bass limits are way under all other fish, and even then we are talking about reducing it because LAW&F knows that they will be hit hard. It just makes no sense to me that you have to keep everything you catch. I love the spillway because I get the best of both worlds. I can bring my fish home and eat them, while leaving some for next year.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 11:28am
lots of noise here

I'm confused by all the noise. LDWF confirmed that 14-inch minimum limit was a flop. Simply put, they determined most bass don't survive to 14 inches in the basin.



At the same time, no one here is advocating plundering the resources. In fact, LDWF is also recommending lowering the creel limits if the size limit is reduced.



Seems reasonable to me.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:47pm
Where do you fish?

Of all the people that don't/can't catch 14' fish in those areas, how much time/trips do you make outside of the 14' area?. Ya'll do catch plenty of fish to bring home, right?
I wonder why no one complains about False River. It has a 14', 5 fish creel limit. Yet it is a very good fishery. Just wondering.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:43pm
spillway

Why not go for trophy bream ? Yall had 20 years,it didnt work.

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JB
Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:49pm
Spillway

T-Mon - I'm not too smart so can you show me where the 14' limit was implemented to grow trophy fish? Maybe you can also show where ANYBODY has said ANYTHING about wanting bass in the Spillway to grow to trophy size?

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:58pm
Trophy Bream

Tell me where they're at and I'll be there.



All joking aside, I have yet to see a person make a real argument in favor of the 14MML in order to make trophy bass. We all agree that the 14MML does not work to produce larger bass. What we disagree on is rather or not a size limit has merit. People like JB and myself favor a limit due to the fact it ensures us the opportunity to catch fish. Others want the limit removed in order to add fish to the freezer more easily.



I will pose a question that I doubt anyone will answer seriously. If they removed the size limit from False River would anglers flock to the landing? Apply this same question to the spillway and you should come to a different answer.



The reason the two places will warrant different answers is due to the amount of fish in each. Most people in south Louisiana know and understand that removing the size limit will allow practically anyone the chance to limit out on bass. That's actually pretty difficult to do anywhere you go. When the numbers go down, and they will, the majority will go back to bream and catfish. However, the damage will have been done.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 7:59pm
JB

I have fished the spillway all my life and it has never been the same in 20 years and Im not the only one to say so. They finally changed the laws and Im going to take advantage of it . Its my right to do so as long as I am doing it within the law. Now Im done with this.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 8:11pm
More 14in fish than you think

If you are saying there are hardly any 14 in fish in the basin your crazy. Just go on Thursday afternoons and go look at the fish brought in for the dogfights. With three fish to be in the money you better have at least 5.5 to 6 lbs if not more. I can send you 5 pics of doubles that my buddy brother and I caught out there all keepers from this year. Look I know there are a lot of 13 to 13.5 in fish but there are plenty of 14 in and better. Here is something to think about also if we would have a 12 in size limit then we would have to hear about the fish are to small. This isn't a reservoir Henderson will never be a place u go to catch a monster.

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Posted February 13, 2013 at 10:44pm
Spillway

JB- To address this comment 'people associate a good trip or a successful trip with the amount of fillets put in a freezer'..... Maybe some do have this mind set, but I'm not one of them. The few times I do get out these days, filling the freezer is not an option and it's not what I'm looking for. Fish, shrimp or what ever it may be will not be in my freezer very long. When I'm hungry for fish I go fishing. It's just getting old, being on the water all day with nothing to bring home beacuse of the 14' limit.

Now,If I were interested in a 3 fish limit over 14'' to put a little jingle in my pocket and have bragging rights,then I guess the current 14' limit would be ok.

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Posted February 14, 2013 at 7:17am
Compromise

I can't understand why they have to do all or nothing. Both the size limit and no limit has their positives and negatives. The size limit was studied and came up wrong with the aging but it allows more fish to live. Why can't they compromise between the two ideas and just lower the size limit to 12 or 13 so meat fisherman can catch a few more fish and more fish will live for the trophy angler. I'm perfectly ok with the 7 limit part though.



I quit fishing the basin because of this. Too far of a drive to catch a bunch of small ones I couldn't keep. I could catch bigger fisher when fishing for trophys elsewhere and still put enough meat on the table to make it worth my effort and gas $. I usually try fishing for big bass only to release those big girls and enjoy getting enough medium sized ones 12-14' to eat in the process. Some sensible regs like lower the mininum limit would get me back going so I could eat some of those fat 13.5 inchers i've been tossing back. Now with no regs if the fish population gets low I won't bother going for lack of fish, instead of for throwing back hundreds a day. And when I fish all day and can only keep 2 or 3 of the 50 bass I caught with this 14' limit I keep that big 4lb girl I'd usually release because i'm hungry so I agree the 14' rule needs to be modified imo.

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Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:21am
Agree with the compromise

Neither regulation works. Places that have no size limit get hammered, and places that have the MLL don't produce the quantity of 'acceptable' bass. LAW&F is just going from one extreme to the other.

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Posted February 14, 2013 at 9:33am
14in fish

Here is one of about 10 fish this size me and my partner caught in the basin this summer. Our best day we had around 17lbs we had 2 fish that were right at 5lbs.

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Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:31am
trophy bass

a 2 man limit of 12' bass in the chest to fry up at the camp is a trophy to me.

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Posted February 19, 2013 at 11:46am
study

you guys need to take the 'scientific study' that LDWF conducted with a grain of salt. most of their 'study' was conducted around Henderson and on the west side of the Atchafalaya River. Most of us dont even fish those areas. catch surveys were only conducted following natural events that caused fish kills. not during the 'good years'. they didnt even conduct a single shock test on the verret side. and only 6 or 7 shock studies in areas that I fish out of belle river public down to russo's. IMO the study is a joke and does not reflect what is really going on in the basin. People that are taking this study as 'scientific fact' are uneducated people who can not read and evaluate what LDWF really conducted. and that is a BS study to justify lowering the limits.



unfortunately most of the people that are in favor of this study and take it as 'scientific fact' dont know the difference between you, you're and your or there, their, and they're.





edit: limits should be calculated based upon pounds of fish per square mile. not 'well they just gonna die anyway so let people eat'

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Posted February 19, 2013 at 8:04pm
Mistakes..IT HAPPENS

Bstrict- I find your comment insulting and inapropriate!!! Let me guess,english teacher? So you're saying, all of those that want to keep and eat fish are uneducated? Is that right?

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Posted February 20, 2013 at 8:19am
reply

'Bstrict- I find your comment insulting and inapropriate!!!'

Sorry.



'Let me guess,english teacher?'

Chemist (pre-med biology major)



'So you're saying, all of those that want to keep and eat fish are uneducated? Is that right?'

completely wrong. you can keep and eat fish the way it is now. I do.



try again.

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Posted February 01 at 4:20pm
Well......

It's been quite a few months from the implementation of the new regs. Is the 'spillway' now void of bass? I think I've kept and enjoyed 20 or so bass in 2013, but I'm sure the amount of fish with busted lips and carpet rash hasn't changed. Oooh man, just wait until all those tournament guys get out there during the spawn ripping those pigs off the beds and dragging them around all day to be released miles from their beds.

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Posted February 01 at 9:26pm
Spillway

I know there are less 12 to 15 inch bass in the Spillway/Henderson. Over 400 plus by myself alone. I'm happy, my neighbors are happy, most everyone should be happy. October through December was tough. Hard to catch fish under 15 inches. All you meat hunters must have put a hurt on them, lol.

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Posted February 01 at 10:06pm
Doc

Wow!!! sounds like you're stocked up for a year or so. Catch and release for you in 2014.

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Posted February 01 at 10:23pm
Is what it is

The fishery is fine. Nature does what it does and even Wildlife and Fisheries is admitting that little of what it does has affected the area.
They fisheries guys that were doing interviews at the Henderson landing this year were actually encouraging folks to quit releasing smaller fish.
Is it the 'too much competition for the bigger fish' argument?
Bottom line is that little of what they have done has affected the basin either positively or negatively. (according to them). Cracks me up to see the armchair biologists stating what they think is obvious.
I love it when guys complain that they can't catch a fish only to see a shocking survey done that shows more fish than ever in a body of water.
Fish harder. Keep your small ones for dinner, Release the big girls to get bigger.

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Posted February 02 at 6:45pm
Why was the goood old days so good

I love the bass fisherman that can't wait to fish in the spring. Then you hear bass fishing is not like it use to be. TB is great for this can you believe there is even stories of people keeping two or more limits in a day. The good old days when we use to catch bass. Grew up fishing City Park closed during the spring and had a 3 fish limit. AS kids we had a great time catching bass. Ton's of retired fisherman had great times catching bass in the park. Now hear the park will not close for the spring you can bet there will be a ton of bass caught in the park then see how good fishing is. PS Just check how many post you have seen of bass fisherman at the cleaning sheds in the past 6months. You can bet next month you will see 8 to 10 every week with picture to prove. I love to catch bass and keep them just seems like we don't all feel the same about what is good for the sport they are not trout or reds. In the spring you can put a hurting on an area that is a fact. After that bass will put a hurting on you.

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JB
Posted February 04 at 7:45am
Bass

JS - you are a liar! No way could you have had fun catching AND releasing bass!!! The only way to have fun is to catch and clean!
I agree though, there are times I like to keep bass as well. But, we are coming up on the time of year where people will catch big egg-laden females and post pics trying to start an internet fight.

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Posted February 08 at 9:23am
This is how it works

Went to try my hand at Rainbow fishing in the BREC ponds. No luck talk is that ton of them were caught in the first week. BREC and LWF ask that you not keep them as they would taste like dog food for first month. Well better they take them out in first days because they will die in April when it gets hot and the kids don't need to catch fish. Heard that Rainbow trout real easy to clean and keep in freezer. PS you can walk around these ponds in about 5min. so just think how much time a bass on a bed has to live. At least in city park they can hide under a weed bed or tree but in these ponds they are freezer ready. My guess is that about 80percent of the bass in city park will be taken off their bed.

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