Study: Catching Spawning Bass Doesn’t Harm Populations

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March 24, 2010

Study: Catching Spawning Bass Doesn’t Harm Populations
Despite the widely held notion that catching aggressive bass off nests during
spawning season can deplete largemouth populations, a new University of Florida
study published in a national fisheries journal this week indicates otherwise.
This week, you’ll also read about model legislation protecting the right to own
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and more!

Bass Restrictions Not Needed
Largemouth bass are easily the most popular gamefish among American anglers.
When the fish spawn in early spring, male bass make shallow nests in the sand,
court females, and then protect the eggs and hatchlings for several weeks.

J.R. Absher

Males guarding nests are notoriously aggressive, striking just about
anything that moves. The fish are easy to catch, and as a result, it is commonly
believed that spawning-season fishing can harm bass populations.

Not so, say the results of a new scientific study.

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