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Trophy Bass Management

Trophy Bass Management

More anglers target bass than any other freshwater species in the U.S., usually with the goal of catching big fish. Many pond owners set their management objective along these lines—to grow and catch larger bass. Ponds can be managed to grow bigger bass, as demonstrated in the Manipulating Pond Balance section. Although bigger bass come at the expense of other fishing opportunities, many pond owners are willing to make this sacrifice for the chance to catch trophy bass.

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Filed Under: Fisheries, Fish Management November 22, 2022

BILOXI, Miss. -- The Southeast has some of the most commercially and recreationally valuable fisheries in the United States.

Large, silver fish swim in blue water.
Filed Under: Fisheries, Fish Management, Marine Resources September 1, 2021

Fisheries experts at Mississippi State University and other research institutions are conducting an $11.7 million study of the greater amberjack, an important recreational and commercial species in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico that is threatened by overfishing.

Girl in a blue T-shirt and baseball cap holding a small fish.
Filed Under: Environment, Fish Management June 18, 2021

Grandpa cast the jig and cork to the center of the pond and handed it to Lucy. “Now, start reeling in slowly,” he said.

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