Originally Posted by diklarsen
maybe you didnt notice but almost all the fish people eat are small gamefish crapie, trout, sunnys, and perch. these are what what the bigger gamefish feed on thus making lmb, pike, walley, and smallmouth bigger. you should fresh water fish for fun not for food. go saltwater fishing if you want to keep fish. i dont care what you read but i have fished many lakes that are cath realse and the fish get much bigger because you dont have a 100 fools with worm and floater keeping everything that comes by.
So because you fish a couple of lakes where they practice catch and release and there are big fish the rest of the world should fish freshwater for fun not food? Is that your position? From what you stated any one who fishes with a worm and a float is a fool or is it people who keep any fish at all who are fools? Also, anything I read or researched that is based on hard scientific data is meaningless? Oh, one other little piece of information that might help you understand how short sighted your position is. Bass pike and other gamefish that grow to trophy size eat many things other than sunnies,crappies and small trout. Some of them are bait fish, (shiners, shad etc.) crawfish, snakes, lizards,worms, all types of insects, ducks,waterdogs,frogs, mice and even eachother. Did you know that taking a certain amount of fish out of a body of water actually is a good thing?