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By Chris Bates
After heading down to the Mississippi river last week I met up with a few bank anglers trying there luck for a few of the famous walleye and sauger that the river likes to give up so freely in the spring time.
With the water temperatures on the rise here in the early spring it will send the fish into there spawning mode, with the age old question, “Should you be fishing when the fish are spawning?”
You have to admit that catching spawning fish are a lot easier.
Many anglers tend to be hypocritical when it comes to this very subject. On one hand they like to catch as many fish as they can, and on the other hand they say it’s ok to catch certain fish when they are spawning.
Such as Carp, Catfish, and most pan fish as they are very prolific breeders and not very appealing to the North East angler.
“When it comes to “Carp” by all means catch as many as you can there very destructive and eat the eggs of other so called desirable fish”. Said Rocco Marrari Pro Bass Angler.
“And they are considered a garbage fish by sport anglers” he said,
I personally have a problem with this kind of thought process. Anglers tend to pick out the fish of choice such as the Largemouth Bass and then justify it to themselves that we should not fish for the sacred bedded bass as well as spawning muskies, because why, we as anglers see them a trophy fish and feel the need to protect them.
So many times I hear of anglers being chastised for harvesting that Largemouth Bass, or that big female Northern Pike full of eggs or there limit of walleyes from Lake Champlain here in middle Vermont.
Isn’t that what purchasing a fishing license is for? It gives you the right to catch and keep these fish if you so desire. Weather spawning or not.
Since the controversy will continue well after I am gone from this earth on this issue maybe the Iowa DNR should look into a closed season for all fish or until the water temperatures’ reach a non breeding stimuli for the fish.
Chris Bates host “ Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped with Stephanie Calabro on CAT-TV) seen daily here in the Southern Vermont region. To contact Chris Bates e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org