If you're an avid angler, chances are you have visited one of the 500 major reservoirs in this country. According to a 2001 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey, 85 percent of the nation's anglers fish on lakes, reservoirs or ponds, excluding the Great Lakes. For those of you that frequent impounded waters, it should come as no surprise that catch rates of bass are not what they used to be on many of these reservoirs.
Recreational anglers continue to get a bad rap. In a day and age when animal rights groups, like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), have launched massive anti-fishing campaigns, misinterpretation of questionable research serves only to fan the embers.
Scott Rook vividly remembers one bass he encountered during a Bassmaster Top 150 tournament in Georgia a few years ago.
It was a brutally hot morning on Lake Eufaula, but Davy Hite hardly seemed to notice. The 2001-02 CITGO BASSMASTER Tour was winding down, and the personable South Carolina pro was putting the finishing touches on perhaps his most satisfying career achievement.
What's not to love about spring? After all, the fish are shallow, vulnerable and sometimes easy to catch. It's a time when the odds clearly shift in favor of fishermen or at least it seems that way.
Walt Disney World's captivating "Where Magic Lives" theme strikes meaning with all who visit the popular central Florida destination. The place where kids of all ages come to meet their favorite Disney characters, like Mickey Mouse, also has a touch of hidden magic for bass fishermen.
Although it's in New Hampshire, Lake Winnipesaukee can be considered the home waters of many anglers throughout New England.
In this article, you can read how Ray Scott proudly promotes the desire of the BASS community members to be together and experience a sense of community.
In this article you can read about a major reason eastern Tennessee is producing some great fishermen.
Editor's note: In an effort to alert anglers to the danger that their freedom to fish will be taken from them, BASSMASTER and several other magazines have agreed to run the following column by Mike Nussman.