i am with john. i went through a phase a few years back where i wouldnt come near a bedding fish. but after talking to many people and reading more about it i decided it wasnt all bad if the fish was returned right back to the water. but if you are fishing an early tournament and putting the fish in the box for a few hours then releasing it miles away from the bed, all the eggs will be eaten by the time the fish makes its way back. i fished an early tournament on kent lake in milford last year and everyone was picking the beds. there were many fish brought in that day. i cnt see how this wouldnt affect the fishery.
I sting those big gorillas every spring and let me tell you
those fish are still there every tournament. Hell even Paw Paw Lake
here in Berrien County Michigan the big large heads spawn late you can still wack them after the season opener and I fish those fish every year for the 1st tourneys and when you can catch 10 fish that go 26-36 on and inland lake and 5 that have gone close to 20. You cant tell me they have been hurt, I personally believe all of those lake owners spraying weeds while there on the beds is much more harmful. But Ill let you decide.
I was waiting for this one to hit. I read and participated in the threads last year on this topic. I think that the bottom line is all opinions on this topic not back by scientifically generated data are just that, opinions. One of the points in the article was a statement by one of the biologists that he had reams of data that provide proof that there is no scientific data to support closed seasons during spawining season. I would hope tht he would publish it in the appropriate scientific publications to support an open season year round. Most of the southern states that I have fished over the years had no closed season already.
I thought of Mr Kimmel when I read the article. Perhaps the MIDNR will pursue this and we'll get the open season we deserve!
I too am undecided.
Although, the late opener on St. Clair does seem unfounded to me.
I can go to any lake up north and catch bed bass after the regular opener, that doesn't seem to be an issue with the DNR.