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Lake: Stalker Lake
Fish: Largemouth Bass

c and r only

Post By: ksurls      Posted: 7/13/2015 3:23:49 PM     Points: 341    
Over the last couple of years, the number of anglers keeping largemouth bass has increased, which I feel is depleting the numbers of large bass in the lake and also allowing the bluegill to continue to over populate. Is there a way to go about getting the state to forbid the harvest of largemouth, at least for a few years and how would one go about getting this started?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 7/13/2015 3:43:08 PM     Points: 28551    
Read this recent blog by Dave: [log in for link]

There are some actions in place regarding changing regs. Best way to get something changed, is to get involved!
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 7/13/2015 3:45:35 PM     Points: 184621    
Start a discussion with the Biologist for the lake, Mandi Brandt. Here's the link to the latest survey with her contact info and some info on current management and species composition. [log in for link]

As I understand it the one C&R warm water pond, didn't produce the results you might think for largemouth. Harvest maybe desirable. Personally, I'd rather see limiting the harvest of "trophy" fish to one or protected totally, and allow harvest of the more plentiful smaller fish.

Thus, if a five fish limit was desired, say only one over 15 or 18, or none over 18.

Regardless, start by talking with the biologist.

 Reply by: fishslap      Posted: 7/13/2015 3:53:58 PM     Points: 17    
I sent Mandy Brandt an email last week:

"Put regulations in place in an effort to grow bigger redear sunfish in Stalker. Maybe limit size or harvest. Change bass regulations in an effort to keep more larger bass in the lake to reduce the bluegill populations that compete with redear."

Now I'm not saying this is an exact comparison and I might be cited for hyperbole, but do you know what contributed to the extinction of the passenger pigeon? Technology, e.g. the telegraph and the railway system. The quick dissemination of information allowed people to know where the gettin' was good... until it wasn't anymore...
 Reply by: Colorado Bass Man      Posted: 7/13/2015 5:12:34 PM     Points: 4    
Some one put that lake on blast a little while ago and see what happens!