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Bob Gwizdz: Year-round bass fishing was a long time coming in Michigan

Bill Horton holds a hefty Saginaw Bay smallmouth bass caught on a chilly, windy mid-May morning. Some form of year-round bass fishing has been around for 18 years, and the biology shows no discernible effect on Michigan's black (largemouth and smallmouth) bass populations. (Photo by Bob Gwizdz)

One of stated objectives of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is to provide recreational opportunities.
There is no better example of this than the current bass regulations, which allow angers to catch and immediately release ol’ Micropterus year-round, when the “possession season” is closed. The rules allow anglers to enjoy what I believe is the best bass fishing of the year – the pre-spawn, when the bass are easy to find (they’re shallow) and have the feedbag fully engaged – without damaging the resource.

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