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In-Fisherman

In-Fisherman July 2019

In-Fisherman is for the avid freshwater angler. Each issue provides detailed instructions and demonstrations on catching, cleaning, and eating your favorite species of fish, and reports on the latest scientific studies concerning fish and habitat conservation. This is the source for finding fishing hotspots, new tackle, effective equipment, and more!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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8 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
selective harvest—a sensible approach to fishing

The fish we catch and keep to eat are for most of us a reward for our effort that goes beyond sport and ties us to the principal reason that most of our ancestors fished. For them, fish as food was right up there with, and usually more important than, anything having to do with sport. Today, catching and then releasing fish so they can be caught again has become a vital part of fishing. In traditional fashion, however, many anglers still want to harvest at least some of their catch. For almost three decades, we have promoted “selective harvest,” an approach that captures the best aspects of “catch-and-release” angling, on one hand, and “catch-and-keep” angling, on the other. We suggest that anglers harvest fish selectively as a matter of conscience and…

3 min.
bits & pieces

Keys to Successful Steelhead Releases Field Science— Steelhead rank among the most prized gamefish, both on the West Coast and across the Great Lakes region. A key reason for their popularity is the incredible battles they put up, especially when hooked in a small stream. Surveys find that most steelhead anglers are conservation-minded, releasing most of the fish they catch. Steelhead are known for drag-stripping runs, acrobatic leaps, and long battles, and anglers often snap a couple photos of their trophy once it’s subdued. Since these factors are known to cause stress in fish, managers in Idaho investigated real fishing situations to see if problems existed.* They observed anglers covertly, so as not to alert them, and recorded how long it took to land fish, how long it was exposed to air…

1 min.
bass genetics grow giants

Science in Action— In 1986, the “Operation Share a Lone Star Lunker” began, sponsored by Lone Star Brewing Company and with cooperation of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. It was originally intended to promote catch-and-release of big bass, and it collected largemouths over 13 pounds for use as broodstock at the Tyler Hatchery. The program went through several name changes as sponsoring companies changed, but it’s remained a stalwart, collecting over 530 giant bass, many of them used to produce fry for stocking in public and private waters. Former Director Allen Forshage noted that he, “wanted to identify genetic markers that resulted in maximum growth of bass, and select broodstock on that basis. We want to use selective breeding to increase the number and size of big bass in Texas.”…

3 min.
adventures

LAKE ERIE PORT CLINTON, OHIO Walleyes » Walleye Capital of the World isn’t far-fetched, with big year-classes in 2015 and 2018, producing lots of fish from 15 to 22 inches, plus trophy fish from the strong 2007 hatch. Contact: Capt. Ross Robertson 419/283-7069, bigwaterfishing. com; Mark 1 Sport Fishing, 419/341-8570, mark1sportfishing. com. Steve Ryan BIG SIOUX RIVER IOWA/SOUTH DAKOTA Channel Cats » These days river access is plentiful alo g the 400-mile stretch of river, with tributary streams like the Rock River (in Iowa) also providing good fishing, in a setting whe e you can get away from it all. Contact: Check naturalatlas.com for boat ramps on the Big Sioux River. Doug Stange LAKE FORK TEXAS Largemouths » Late June into early July produces good fishing for big bass. Get in on a topwater frog bite in low light conditions or dark…

2 min.
staff noteworthy & new

Super Spinfisher The Penn Spinfisher VI features IPX5 sealing to keep water out of gearboxes and drag systems. HT-100 drag washers are housed in a sealed spool. A CNC Gear System handles heavy loads. Available in Standard, Live Liner, Long Cast, and Bail-less models—for models and pricing, pennfishing.com Go Forth and Be Dry Entering the Watershed Drybags line is the Goforth, a military-inspired bag with a carrying capacity of 640 cubic inches, given its 9- x 16- x 7.25-inch dimensions. Rugged carrying handles, multiple compression straps, and a weight of 1.5 pounds, offer durability and mobility—$120 to $175, depending on options, drybags.com Superstition Glass Minnow In sizes from 1/8 to 1 ounce, Kit’s Tackle Superstition Glass Minnows are hand-painted and hand-tied with hollow micro filaments that make the flowing skirt material see-through-transparent to mimic juvenile…

13 min.
the gritter connection to largemouth bass

As suggested by their name, largemouth bass have been known for mouth size and what they can cram into it. Dozens of scientific studies describe the diet of this species They’ve been conducted to describe its life history in various waters; to asses its level of competition with other species; effects on populations of preyfish; suitability for stocking in new waters; and its threat to endangered and threatened species The bass’ large mouth is ideal for feeding on preyfish that live throughout the water column. They use a variety of feeding tactics to engulf or overtake prey, or to pin them to the bottom. Over the years, biologists have documented more than 60 different preyfish from bass stomachs, but that’s surely a low estimate, as most waters remain unstudied, and the…