Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Targeting Spawning bass?


Recommended Posts

I was wondering if there is a law in Minnesota about targeting Bass while on their spawning bed. Some of the posts in another topic suggest that it is against the law.
I dont want to get a ticket.
Before someone jumps my case about catching spawning bass let me put in my two cents.
In Texas I would target spawning fish, but C&R only. I dont like the idea of people keeping ANY spawning fish. I perfer to target prespawn Bass because they are in feeding mode.
I just want to know if it is illegal in MN. I didnt find anything about it in the DNR 2004 regulations.

------------------
All cold and no warmth makes Danny a dull boy.. all cold and no warmth makes danny a dull boy... all cold and no warmth makes danny a dull boy... all cold and no warmth makes danny a dull boy........

Link to comment
Share on other sites

dan i believe if the seasons open you can,you might have opened up a big can of whoop a?>>>> with this topic HA ha

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Dan... you shouldn't (ethically) target spawning bass because you may harm the spawn (cycle)...on last Saturday's "Fan Outdoors" (KFAN-1130AM) program they (Rob Dreislein, Terry Tuma and guests) discussed this very topic...and they stated that studies have shown that bass don't always return to their beds once disturbed and some females suffer severe distress that will cause them to miss the spawn. Other fish vacate the area because they are disturbed and threatened...so, if you love bass, let them be!!! The season will come soon enough...and if you're a good bass fisherman, you should catch them, regardless of time of year...right? Just watch Bill Dance work his magic...

All this concern and respect, from a walleye fisherman!...oh well, that's just how I feel about "targeting" vulnerable, I mean!, spawning fish... grin.gif--Andy

------------------
"I fish. Therefore, I am...and still I buy my fish at Cub Foods!!"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I think I know who will chime in here. Afterall he knows more than the fisheries biologists at the DNR. In the interim between now and ice out, oppps, I mean opener I can't wait to go bassin' again.

-And yes, I do catch bass while I'm fishing for crappies in the spring. I'm not talking about exploiting a loophole here folks(as some would suggest), but it does happen.

------------------
"Let your conscience be your guide"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Way to go Dan, you just opened a can of worms here! I think you shouldn't target the spawning bass when you don't have to, there is enough time in the season to fish for them. just my .02 cents

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Like I said, I prefer to target the prespawners, they are looking to feed and are easier to catch. I have mixed feeling about targeting the spawners. I dont go looking for them, when I see one I admit I'm curious to see If i can catch him. My concern in catching him would be the nest might get rob.
I really dont want a ticket, that is why I asked. I will stick to the prespawn fish and wont bring in any nesters to the weight-in. smile.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's not illeagle to fish them, if the seasons open. It's just VERY easy to catch them when their on the beds. They hit anything in site. I caught one guy three times in one day when I was a kid on Med. lk. We where good friends. I think he knew I'd let him go so he always was willing to play. Same with any fish at their most vulnerable time. For some it's pre-spawn. For some it's the spawn. Some even do pretty good post spawn. It seems that from mid April through mid June there is some species that is just ripe for the picking, and everyone thinks they're Al Lindner or Rollin Martin when they finaly figure it out.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

If the season is open, you can fish for them legally (they are usually still spawning during the opener).

It is illegal in MN to target bass out of season however. Not just illegal to keep them out of season, but illegal to fish for them during the closed season.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There you go...now quit the "bass out of season" topics just for "something to do"...you know it just angers people by starting a controversial topic...heck, it's not even controversial...it's illegal!! All it does is depict you in a poor light...and we can't have that in our fishing league...we gotta respect the rules and the season's...All the time! Dan, you're in Minnesota now, so leave Texas behind!!! grin.gif

[This message has been edited by ackotz (edited 02-13-2004).]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

WOW there pilgram!!
I never said I was going to fish out of season. I just wanted to know what the law was. I want to be in full compliance.
BTW I caught the biggest smallie of my life today (23 inches), what a beautiful fish. Good thing I let him go so I can catch him this summer. What a great way to close the season grin.gif

[This message has been edited by dan2957 (edited 02-14-2004).]

[This message has been edited by dan2957 (edited 02-14-2004).]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10-4 Dan...just keepin' an eye on ya! wink.gif...looking forward to getting the boat prepped (actually need some welding done soon!) for the league. I got my hours switched to Sunday night through Thursday night...so I can fish the weekends...weekdays might be tough for me. We'll see how the meetings go...and it's "pilgrim" to you, sir.

------------------
"I fish. Therefore, I am...(and yet, my most consistent catches come at Cub Foods!!)"

[This message has been edited by ackotz (edited 02-14-2004).]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We need a spell check on this thing wink.gifAndy let me know how the boat welding search goes, I need to get some welding done on one of my boats too.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Congrats on a HUGE SMB. You don't have to tell, it's not like I'm prying or anything. I mean I'd never beg, but, was it out of the old Miss.?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the congrats. Dont really want to broadcast it here, I might fill you in via email......maybe... wink.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

You know I would jump in sooner or later. As others have said, once bass open it is open season on bass spawning or otherwise and they are usually getting on the beds right about the time the season opens.

So lets see it is unethical to incidently catch bass while they are not in season if you enjoy it and now some think it is unethical to catch them on purpose in season because they think it will hurt the spawn. So I guess all the ethical Bass fisherman can do is not fish any shallow water prior to July?

And whoever says catching fish when they are on the beds is easy is right only part of the time. Bedded fish can also be very finicky and difficult to catch requiring a great deal of patience. My theory on why bedding fish are so easy when they are easy is that the fisherman has found a spawning area full of Pre-spawners that are still on the feed and the competition for the beds is not settled yet even though you see fish on beds. It's really a late pre-spawn bite rather than spawn bite that is really good. When the spawn kicks in the bite gets a lot tougher in my experience. It can go from phenominal to just pretty good or even lack luster in a day. And if you don't hit it right all the big females have come and gone.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just like a preacher...he just won't shut up! I'm done with his phony sermon's...got better things to do, anyway...like clean out the litter box...at least that smells better!!! grin.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What chu talking about willis?????

Fishface, get some sleep. Hope this is not your busy week.

[This message has been edited by walleyehawk (edited 02-16-2004).]

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Pout Preacher:

Boy, is the Walrus gonna be upset that you took this name before he thought of it.

Did you officiate the services up at Walker this weekend?

Ya, you know things are bad for the basspaster when even his friends are wearing masks. smile.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I was just thinking about this:
"...on last Saturday's "Fan Outdoors" (KFAN-1130AM) program they (Rob Dreislein, Terry Tuma and guests) discussed this very topic...and they stated that studies have shown that bass don't always return to their beds once disturbed and some females suffer severe distress that will cause them to miss the spawn. Other fish vacate the area because they are disturbed and threatened...so, if you love bass, let them be!!!"

Why would Drieslen and Tuma be discussing this topic at this time of year? Then it hit me. It probably has something to do with the BASS Federation proposal to open largemouth for C&R fishing when they are not in season.

I think fishing beds and being allowed to fish during the pre-spawn are far different issues. The ice gets off lakes in early to mid April and generally MN bass will not start spawning until mid May, thus there is a month or more where the bass are not "on the beds." Also the "studies" refered to earlier were done on Smallies in infertile Canadian Shield lakes, which bear little likeness to most MN Largemouth bass fisheries.

The issues of fishing beds and pre-spawners is totally different in my mind. As said before in many years the bass will just be getting on the beds when the MN bass season opens.

If I were Govenor or DNR commish, I would have bass closed only for the last two weeks of May and First week of June and I would do something about getting the FLW and BASS trails up to Leech, Vermillion, LOW or Pokegama at least once every year.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • JBMasterAngler
      Water is really low. It’s definitely doable, but there will be a lot of spots you’ll have to get out and pull. Fallen trees in low water might be your biggest obstacle. Should be plenty of smallies to catch. They’ll be concentrated in any deep pools you come across.
    • gimruis
      Lol he broke a muskie drought that had started in 2006.  16 years without a legal muskie!
    • leech~~
      Well you're are! 😆 Step 4 Your satirical essays should be humorous.
    • Caleb9
      Not too long ago, I found synthesis paper topics here. I may be exaggerating, but this is one of the best topic ideas sites I have found in the last few years.
    • Caleb9
      Satirical essays employ humor, hyperbole, irony and irony to poke fun at a subject. These essays are often directed at celebrities, politicians and current events. Although satirical essays are intended to entertain, the writer of satire often seeks out useful, relevant, and eye-opening information. You can learn how to write satirically by understanding the styles and purpose of your content.   Step 1 Pick a topic. You should choose the  satirical essay topics that is absurd or ironic. Your goal is to make your subject absurd, much like a caricature artist who exaggerates his subject's facial features. To get ideas, you might look at political cartoons in Sunday's paper.   Step 2 Hyperbole can be used to prove your point. Hyperbole can be used to exaggerate facts. However, it does not mean lying. It is important to keep to the facts but to use hyperbole to emphasize the absurdity of them. One example of this might be "Andy Garbo consumes a lot of coffee each year to keep his Folgers stock profitable." Although this is obviously hyperbole, it's meant to convey an exaggerated point regarding Andy.   Step 3 To present your ideas, use irony. Irony refers to the use of words and phrases to express something that is not what you really mean or an incongruity between what the person expects and actually happens. Irony can be expressed as "He's kind enough steal from the poor to help his pocketbook." This becomes ironic when the word "kind enough" is used. Because of its sarcastic tone, irony makes a great tool for satirical essays.   Step 4 Your satirical essays should be humorous. While not all satire can be funny, pointing out the absurdities of your topic can help you to get people to think differently or make your point faster. Humor is a great way to get people to respond quicker, especially if you make them see the absurdity in the same way as you.   Learn more at: https://proessays.net/blog/40-witty-topics-for-a-satirical-essay
    • Kayak1310
      Has anyone fished the Rum River between Onamia and the Wayside landing around this time of year before? I'm looking to take a trip with the kayak over labor day, but wanted to make that stretch would be deep enough to float (I'm ok with occasionally dragging the kayak, but I don't want to take my girlfriend on a 9 mile hike in ankle deep water), and that there'd be a realistic chance to hook into some good smallies. I will be doing strictly catch and release, I just want to get out and have some topwater fun. I had heard from some that the stretch of river in question may be better in June, so I wasn't for sure.    If that stretch of river is no good, is there another that you'd recommend?   I appreciate any help.
    • leech~~
      Word: Fish with Dad more!  👍   "I finally got into some larger fish with my Father"
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...  Walleye fishing has been good all summer and is still strong.  Lots of limits of walleyes along with some big fish being caught.  Lake levels continue to drop thankfully.  Boat ramps are open and charters / guides continue to be on fish. Drifting spinners still producing.  Hammered gold, pink, orange, glow white, glow red or a combo of some of these colors working well.  Usually a two or three hook harness with just a few inches of crawler off of the back hook.  Good success jigging for walleyes.  This technique usually slows down in August, but this year it is still working great.  Using a frozen emerald shiner is the go to. Big walleyes being found, as a rule, over deep mud.  Jigging, spinners and crankbaits are all catching the big fish.   Nice eaters still set up in 15-20' outside both gaps on the south end of the lake as well as numerous areas of Big Traverse Bay.   Lots of anglers running north if conditions allow.   On the Rainy River...   Some good walleye, sturgeon and smallmouth bass reports from the Rainy River.  Water levels continue to drop.   Shoreline breaks, current breaks, weed edges and holes holding a mixed bag. Sturgeon anglers are reporting good numbers of fish.  Putting in a couple of days normally results in some success.  Holes and flats or saddles just off of the current good areas to look at. Up at the NW Angle...  Lots of walleyes along with a mixed bag is the norm.  Some anglers fishing MN waters, others boating into Ontario waters from the Angle and fishing there.  Good reports across the board. Angle resorts are located in MN right on the border.  Checking in with Canada Customs and being vaccinated is not needed if boating from the U.S. to Canada and not touching land, docks, anchoring, mooring or exchanging goods or services.   Little Traverse Bay (large open water east of Little Oak Island) still holding good numbers of walleyes over deep mud. Typical summer spots are producing.  Sunken islands, neck down areas with moving water and points.  With 14,552 islands, lots of places to fish. Muskie anglers reporting fish have been active with good numbers being caught. Various ways to travel to the Angle. 1.  Drive through Canada to the Angle  (must be vaccinated, no covid test required) 2.  LOW Passenger Service (charter boat service across the lake avoiding customs)  3.  Lake Country Air (fly from various Midwest locations to LOW and NW Angle) 4.  Take your own boat.  (Safety first, this is a 40 mile ride over big water)  
    • gimruis
      I have been out four times this season since mid July.  I caught some smaller ones the first couple trips, but Saturday I finally got into some larger fish with my Father.  The bigger ones are tiger muskies in the mid 30 inch range.  I had another one on that made these look small.  We got a good look at it when it surfaced and spit the hook with a head shake.  Appeared to be 45+ inches, which is enormous for a hybrid.
    • gimruis
      I saw a fair amount of wood ducks and teal in the Rum River a couple weeks ago when I was floating it for smallmouth bass.  More so than usual.   I hear ya on the ducks though.  There just isn't nearly as many as there used to be, which is why I stopped hunting them.  Hard to justify the time investment and scouting that is required when it only produces a few ducks per season.  I used to harvest about 35/season just 10 years ago too.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.