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What to you think about Tenn new limit
 

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On smallmouth bass 2008 16inch 09 18inch Douglas still20inch
 

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I for one like it.....after a few years, it will produce more quality brownfish in our lakes and the controversies over the issue will be forgotten.......after all, it is what it is and we have to live with it.....so, we might as well accept it and look forward to catching bigger fish in the future.
 

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On smallmouth bass 2008 16inch 09 18inch Douglas still20inch
Statewide Reservoirs and Tributary Rivers according to new TWRA regulations from their web site is as follows. All Reservoirs, except Kentucky, Dale Hollow and Douglas Reservoirs= 18inch mimimum length limit on Smallmouth Bass. Existing creels will not change. On Boone, South Holstonand Watauga Reservoirs the minimum length limiton Smallmouth Bass will be 16 inches, increasing to 18 inches in 2009.. Now according to that all Lakes and Rivers not listed by name will automatically be 18 inches because it does say statewide. That means Cordell Hull Centerhill, Loudon/Telico, Chickamauga, Watts Bar, Nickajack, Pickwick, Tims Fords, Woods Reservoir, Normandy, Cherokee, Norris, Cheatham, Percy Priest, Barkley and all other that I have missed mentioning and all Rivers feeding into and out of these lakes are included in the size limits.
 

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Ive never even eaten bass myself. Id be more inclined to enjoy a nice catfish or trout.


More than fish kept for consumption, the new size limit will cut way down on the fish that happen to die once released from Statewide TX fishing. With a few good years of favorable spawns for smallmouth and baitfish populations, the effect of the new size limits could be visible before we think!
 

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Any time you see alot of dead fish floating after a big tournament is because 99% of the anglers fishing that tournament don't live near that lake but travel from far away and have no respect at all for what they do to your lake, as long as you don't do it on their home lake. I blame tournament directors more than I blame the anglers for the dead fish in big tournaments. But gonna stop there cause that is topic of up coming article.
 

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I think it will help so I am for it! It's going to make tourney fishing interesting thats for sure. So, I assume Fort Patrick Henry falls into the "statewide reservoir" category? Such a small place, I never consider it a lake, LOL
 

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Well Ky has been at 18" mark for Smallies for quite a while now. Brownfish is right on with his remarks. There will be very noticable change in the quality of Smallies in years to come. You will definately notice more 4lb Smallies in years to come.
 

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like you guys say tournament fishing witll be different, but it shouldn't be a big problem i think for tourneys. anglers are just gonna have to gun for bigger fish. not as many fish will be weighed and less will die. once it goes to 18" most spawners will be protected and catches should improve in the next few years. it will be great for local anglers who don't tourney fish often. i would still not mind to see a slot limit here. and also i would like to see a 1 or 2 fish limit for fish over 20" to keep shiner fishermen from pulling all the pigs out the lake and eating them!
 

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I'm in agreement with the majority... this should be a good thing. Several lakes are already 18" or bigger and there has been a noticeable improvement in the SM population.
 
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