Wis. officials: bass catch-release works too well

Spooner, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin wildlife officials say bass
catch-and-release might be working too well.

The Department of Natural Resources says a mail survey of bass
anglers found they kept only 550,000, or 6 percent, of the 10
million bass they caught in 2006. In contrast, state anglers kept
about 2.2 million of 7 million walleye caught, or about 30
percent.

DNR fisheries biologist Larry Damman in Spooner says high
minimum size limits coupled with catch-and-release has resulted in
many lakes with overabundant, stunted bass populations in which few
largemouths ever reach legal size.

Fisheries managers want anglers to harvest more bass in northern
Wisconsin, especially in Polk and Washburn counties, to keep
population numbers in balance and improve growth rates.

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