Theories on why largemouth are getting harder to catch

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Theories on why largemouth are getting harder to catch

Postby WB Staff » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:06 am

Yes, largemouth bass are getting harder to catch. Some theories on why.jpg



Yes, largemouth bass are getting harder to catch. Here are some theories on why

Largemouth bass cruising Florida’s Rainbow River.isaac szabo/eric engbretson
Spend enough time at any boat ramp from Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas to Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota and you’ll hear a common complaint: “Man, it’s getting harder and harder to catch a bass.”

Your buddies will want to blame fishing pressure. And while real cause-and-effect is tricky to pin down, there is some good science to support those claims that bass may actually be getting tougher to catch.

Letting 'Em Go and Watching 'em Grow
Before we dig into the research, a quick history lesson. Sixty years ago, bass fishing was primarily a Southern thing. Many new reservoirs had growing largemouth populations, plus good habitat that was easy for anglers to identify. Bass fishing was excellent—for a while.

But over time, catch rates began to decline. Angler harvest was partly to blame. So agencies implemented minimum-­length and reduced-bag harvest limits to protect bass numbers. But the real game changer was an evolving catch-and-release ethos. Using bass tournaments as a stage, and with strong media support, the bass-fishing community promoted the idea of catch-and-release fishing during the 1970s. Today, live-release rates are at 85 to 95 percent among bass anglers, and fish are as abundant as ever in most waters. So…why aren’t you catching more of them?

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Re: Theories on why largemouth are getting harder to catch

Postby monte300 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:21 pm

There's my excuse for not catching them! :mrgreen:

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Re: Theories on why largemouth are getting harder to catch

Postby Kelly Ripa » Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:47 pm

I don't subscribe to that theory....Sorry you guys haven't figured them out. Remember they have a pea for a brain.
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