Goosepond Monster wrote:Hard for the fish to grow when folks keep them.
Agreed especially in smaller creeks where it takes them some time to get to 15". If you want to keep fish go after pan fish, cats, sauger, drum in larger water ways that can support it more. Smallmouth bass are rather slow growing especially in smaller creeks and rivers. When I lived in Detroit area for a summer I would keep smallies out of lake st. clair/detroit river but ones over 15" were pretty prolific I considered 14" smallies up there small down here I'm glad when I get a smallie over 14.