One of the most interesting studies in bass behavior was recently unveiled on www.bassfan.com (Research Proves Vulnerability Is Hereditary Trait) with results based on 20 years of controlled angling on a pond in Illinois. You can read the entire feature, but among the highlights, it noted that at the end of the catch and release study, about 11 percent of the population of 1700 had never been caught, though the report said those fish had been in the pond for four years.
One of their conclusions seemed to be that it is bed fishing that tends to create an “evolutionary” population of harder-to-catch-bass by not protecting the offspring of those fish with “more vulnerable” characteristics. To counter that population trend, it was recommended that spawning fish be avoided altogether, or released immediately, with areas set aside as sanctuaries.
But I wonder, is that what we want (more…)