Mike Clifford Posted May 4, 2010 Report Share Posted May 4, 2010 In streams and tributaries statewide except for the Mississippi, Ohio, Wabash and Illinois Rivers, all smallmouth bass must be immediately released between April 1 and June 15. Unless, of course you are hosting a bass tournament on the rivers covered by this regulation. Apparently, all you need to do is ask for an exemption to yank smallmouth from their beds or anywhere near them, tote them around for a few hours in a boat, weigh them in and ultimately release them....somewhere in the water. Yes, sports fans. This is taking place widespread and often in IL rivers and their tributaries. It causes me to wonder why the regulation exists to begin with. I've fished tournaments. I get it. What I don't get is why any group that has a stake in the future of a species would even want to circumvent a law that is designed to preserve and protect the future of the fishery. Perhaps the experts know something I don't. Somebody enlighten me. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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