Dates set for college, prep championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The national championship locations and dates for the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods have been released.

The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops will be held July 19-21 on Lake Tenkiller out of Tahlequah, Okla. Tour Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation and Northeastern State University will host the event.

B.A.S.S. also signed a three-year contract with the Henry County Tourism Authority, Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Bethel University for the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series National Championship presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods to be held on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn. The 2018 event will take place Aug. 2-4.

Assumption High School bass fishing team members Zachary Naquin and Jonathan Burns have already qualified for the high school event,

 

Bass-size limit to end to north Louisiana lake

BATON ROUGE — A rule against anglers keeping 15-to-19-inch largemouth and spotted bass is nearing its end at a north Louisiana lake that once yielded record-setting fish.

Starting Tuesday, Caney Creek Reservoir will operate under the same rules as most of the state — a 10-fish limit, without any size restrictions, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Monday. .

The state is also ending the reservoir's creel limit of eight fish, with only two of them more than 19 inches long.

In the early 1990s, eight of the state's 10 biggest largemouth bass were taken from Caney. Six are still in the top 10, including the record-holder: a 15.97-pound lunker caught in 1994. The state's 10th-largest, at 15.15 pounds, also was taken there, in 1995.

By contrast, 15-inch largemouth bass average less than 2 pounds, and 19-inchers less than 4 pounds, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The so-called slot limit was meant to encourage anglers to take more fish less than 15 inches long from the 5,000-acre lake in Jackson Parish. That would reduce their competition for food so more of those remaining could quickly grow to trophy size.

That hasn't happened at Caney. Officials say that's because anglers release most of the bass they catch.

The department doesn't expect an "overharvest" but plans a yearlong creel survey to see if anglers change their tactics, according to the news release.

At a state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting in September, biologists said bass population is now beyond the lake's ability to provide enough food to grow them to trophy size.

In 2014, for similar reasons, the department removed slot limits on six other lakes.

They remain at three lakes: Poverty Point Reservoir, John K. Kelly-Grand Bayou Reservoir in Red River Parish and Caddo Lake, where they apply only to largemouth bass.