Well,...atleast in OH, they can still "legally" fish for them,....they just have to immediately release them. We can't even legally do that in MI on St.Clair or the river's!!! Personally,..I would WELCOME a C&R only season on 'Clair and the connecting waters from May1-3rd weekend in June! We've wanted that for years and still can't get it!!
Now, if the D&R changed the laws for the inland lakes and made a C&R only until June,..that would cause a huge outcry IMO. But the MBCF can still hold the inland tourney's (Burt/Mullet,..Elk Torch,..and even Saginaw Bay for that matter) starting Memorial Weekend.
I agree though,....if they limit our season even more,..there will be no reason to spend money on boats, LICENSES,..Tackle,...Ramp permits,...etc..etc....they'll shoot themselves in the foot financially in the worst way!!! It's time now to make ourselves heard as a collective voice and let them know that "their policies" directly affect "our spending", which directly affects "tax dollars" that pays "their salaries!" LOL When they screw us,..they'll eventually screw themselves. We all live downstream!!