Anglers, conservationists and scientists are angered by CapeNature's tentative plans to treat four rivers with rotenone to kill bass and trout, both exotic species that were introduced to the nation more than a century ago.
The deadly fish virus commonly known as VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia) has apparently entered the Mississippi River drainage, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Only a handful of these compounds have been thoroughly evaluated to determine their potential effects on fish, however.
BASS helped found the partnership and members range from local governments and property-owner associations to federal agencies and reservoir-controlling agencies.
Specifically, the amendment states, "recreational fishing shall be managed as a sustainable activity in national wildlife refuges, national parks, national monuments, national marine sanctuaries, marine protected areas, or any other relevant conservation or management areas or activities under any federal authority, consistent with applicable law."
As the worldwide authority on bass fishing, BASS consistently supports efforts that promote outdoors recreation through its multi-media platforms, youth programs and tournament structure.
Ray Scott was invited to host a trout fishing event and was amazed at how excited grown men got when they released one of the small fish alive. If these guys got excited about a puny trout, how would people react seeing an 8-pound bass released?
As far as most bass fishermen are concerned, the number to beat is 22 pounds, 4 ounces. To smallmouth bass fishermen, it is 11-15.
It's widely agreed that catch and release is a good thing, but the less audible argument made by fisheries biologists is that underharvesting can be just as detrimental as overharvesting.