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Hammertime
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Keeping bass from a lake/pond

I know every single show on TV pushed catch and release of every bass, even for specs and reds.

Do you keep them?
What is the deciding factor on keeping?
How big a lake or pond would you keep them or throw them back?



I fish a pretty big lake that is probably 150ac total. Have kept a few 3-5 pounders here and there, but am thinking about to make it a policy to keep above a certain size. Don't know if I should take hawgs out of there, or just selectively take medium sized bass.

There are many, many > 5lb bass in this lake. I typically catch at least a 4 every time I spend longer than 15 minutes out


Choirboy
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
I will need GPS numbers on this lake before I can make my decision.


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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
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I fish a pretty big lake that is probably 150ac total. Have kept a few 3-5 pounders here and there, but am thinking about to make it a policy to keep above a certain size. Don't know if I should take hawgs out of there, or just selectively take medium sized bass.

There are many, many > 5lb bass in this lake. I typically catch at least a 4 every time I spend longer than 15 minutes out

Will need GPS cords to make a better accessment


Hammertime
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apples
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
123.redtube.456.doublebird

Decipher Nicholas Cage style and all your questions will be answered. I'll give you another hint.....catfish live in the same lake


I know of a kid who caught a 13, an 11, and a 9
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laangler21
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond

quote:

150ac total

quote:

selectively take medium sized bass


This


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Itismemc
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
We do what the biologist says. Usually we keep everything under 14 inches on ponds.


The Last Coco
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
If the lake has a healthy population, I keep everything over a pound (12") and under 3 pounds (17ish"). At my MIL's pond, it is so overpopulated that anything that bites (except for the big 7lb female) gets taken out.


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Hammertime
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apples
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
No biologists there. It was a dammed up creek that spreads probably 6-9 neighborhoods


Itismemc
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
I should have said every pond is different. If you see a lot of skinny small bass keep those or throw them over the spillway.


Langston
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Ponds need to have quite a few taken out every year. Lakes obviously dont have a problem getting fish removed.
Ive been taking pics of the bigger ones and letting them swim. Use to not keep fish too often but no more than I go now, I always keep a mess when I catch enough.


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Preys on Gumps
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
No concerns about drainage runoff from the neighborhoods?


choupiquesushi
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
health of the lake tells you all you need to know..

one by our house lil choupique and pals can catch 60-80 bass in a few hours most under a pound.....

they routinely move bass out of there to nearby ponds and lakes... and the frying pan.


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Hammertime
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apples
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
The lake is well established and hasn't had any problems since the neighborhoods were getting built 20yrs ago. The fish certainly aren't affected


faxis
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
My mom's pond was vastly overpopulated with bass years ago and we got it under control by keeping everything or throwing them on the bank. Took a couple of years of hard fishing to get it balanced and we took out thousands of bass. But it's a lot better now.


GeauxWarrior12
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
The best pond I've ever fished is a private pond in Mississippi. Catch 25-30 every time we go and have caught one over 6 the past 4 times we've gone. Owner required you put back anything from 2lbs to 4lbs. You can keep anything else if you wish. He has 3 other ponds on his place and that's the rule he has for all of them. I'd rather fish any of those 3 ponds than any other place in the world. We spend 2 days at their camp last May and caught 224 bass over 12 inches in those ponds so safe to say his plan works.
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Hammertime
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apples
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
Damn that's a lot of fish.


Like I said, this lake is pretty well established, so I guess I could be taking any size out


SmackoverHawg
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
quote:

We do what the biologist says. Usually we keep everything under 14 inches on ponds.

This. They'll do counts and age ranges to tell you what size and number to harvest.


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Capt ST
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
If the pressure isn't bad, you should be keeping most of the little ones you catch, say 14" and below.


Topwater Trout
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
A guy used to ask us to fish his private pond and wanted us to remove as many bass as possible


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Hammertime
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re: Keeping bass from a lake/pond
Alright, well I am gonna start keeping anything around 2lbs then


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