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steveobrien84
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8/12/15 8:31 PM CST
I must say eat those rock bass up they dont taste bad. And for me any bass I eat. Tounge Out

Let's Go Fishing
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8/12/15 8:31 PM CST
Fished last night with Kevin, and Cody. Cody caught fist bass @ 2.25, on a dropshot, north shore. I hit a 3.3 on a swim bait by Maytag. Kevin tagged a 2 lber by the no go. The fish were pretty Co operative all night. With all the ridiculous talk about rock bass,I did not catch a single one, although they tried, but Kevin and Cody caught enough for one FINE meal. We totally lost count of all the bass we boated, and an incredible Persids meteor shower, what a great night on the water, called it around 1 am. Good luck, good fishing, Woody!! Cool

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muskie00
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8/12/15 3:41 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
The Small Mouth I catch at Geneva are really nice... no problem with "too skinny" or too small... maybe you can try new techniques to get the larger ones... one hint from me (its not always the largest baits that catch the largest SM)...

Man I love catching!

broz.
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8/12/15 12:03 PM CST
CygnusX. You tell them

Hey trl20045, butthurt much?? Those of you whining about the Rock Bass, go elsewhere. I fish and keep the LG Talapia....very tasty. Sorry you don't catch a world record LM or SM when out fishing on Geneva, but that's life!! We have it better on this lake than most in the southern part of the state. And I catch plenty impressive LM and SM to keep me smiling!! Fish on brothers!!!

hockeyguy39
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8/12/15 10:37 AM CST
He's referring to the rock bass as Lake Geneva Tilapia.

Jlabelle11
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8/12/15 9:45 AM CST
Cyprus did you say you catch Tilapia in LG??

CygnusX
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8/11/15 7:45 PM CST
Hey trl20045, butthurt much?? Those of you whining about the Rock Bass, go elsewhere. I fish and keep the LG Talapia....very tasty. Sorry you don't catch a world record LM or SM when out fishing on Geneva, but that's life!! We have it better on this lake than most in the southern part of the state. And I catch plenty impressive LM and SM to keep me smiling!! Fish on brothers!!!

Hodag1
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8/11/15 4:59 PM CST
Go for the State and/or World Record Rock Bass!!!!

State Record: 2lbs 15oz, Shadow Lake, June 2, 1990 World Record: 3lbs, York River, Ontario, August 1, 1974

taclbx1
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8/11/15 4:23 PM CST
All I know is the LMB and SMB my son and I have been catching are looking healthy and chunky. We have caught several fish in the 4# class in the last couple of weeks and the same with the smallies. There are a bunch of 11-13" bass swimming that is great news for the near future. It still takes 18#'s to win a Bass Tourney in the Summer. The big ones have moved and it is up to the fisherman to make the adjustments to find them. I can tell you, I am NOT catching them in the same places I caught them in last year or the year before. Wink

Ossa79
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8/11/15 3:08 PM CST
Uh...could we move past the rock bass silliness, catch them if you want, if not then don't. Let's move it along here

Hook SetM
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8/11/15 2:05 PM CST
This rock bass thing is the silliest thing I've ever read. There have always been a ton of Rockies. Always. Some years seem like you catch more then others. Same with the other species of fish in Geneva. Unless you had one heck of a giant rockie tournament, I don't think you'd see much of a dent in them. Also, as to the "thin" largemouth and smallmouth--other then post spawn, I find the bass to be robust and solid.

trl20045
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8/11/15 12:41 PM CST
I 100% agree that something should be organized where rock bass are legally being removed from the lake.

Suggestions: -Rock bass tournaments with multiple categories like most rock bass caught, largest rock bass and total weight of rock bass. All rock bass would be donated to a charity.

-Large refrigerated drop boxes at the main public launches that could be used to collect rock bass for charities. Each rock bass dropped into the box could go towards crediting the fisherman with an upcoming fishing license, hunting license or any DNR related expense.

There are many ways to decrease the rock bass population in Lake Geneva but the most effective way is for us all to harvest as many rock bass as we can.

hockeyguy39
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8/11/15 12:08 PM CST
I don't doubt there are a lot of them in Lake Geneva, and I don't doubt they compete with more desirable species for food. They are agressive fish, that's for sure. it wouldn't be too hard to agree that they may have an impact on gamefish weights as well.

Maybe someone should organize a rock bass tourney or two (or ten) for Lake Geneva. With as many as there apparently are, and with no bag limit, that could be a step in the right direction. Kids could easily be involved too since they are a very easy fish to catch and would provide a good source of action for youngsters. Any fish caught and not wanted by the tournament participants could be cleaned and donated to some local pantries/shelters. I'm sure they would be more than happy to receive them, and I'm sure those who depend on places like that for meals wouldn't mind a fish fry.

Like I said, there are options to trying to get a species' numbers in check. Killing and wasting them should not be one of them.

trl20045
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8/11/15 11:44 AM CST
I completely agree that puncturing the rock bass gills are unethical and there's no place for that. I also believe that fisherman should legally be harvesting all of the rock bass that they catch.

I have talked to a number of people who clean rock bass and smallmouth and largemouth bass, for the record I believe in catch and release when it comes to gamefish. Those people tell me that the stomach contents of both smallmouth and largemouth are the same as the rock bass. Even more troubling is that the quantity of food in the stomachs are similar. Essentially a rock bass in LG eats about the same as a largemouth and smallmouth bass.

RB, LB and SB eat primarily shiners and crayfish. Big perch and big bluegills will also eat shiners and crayfish, among other things.

Rock bass of all sizes, big perch and big bluegill are the largemouth and smallmouth bass' main competitors in LG. Out of those three species of fish rock bass of any size are much more prevalent than big perch and big bluegill.

Due to the high prevalence of rock bass as well as their mouth size and aggression, they are taking away food from the largemouth and smallmouth bass in enormous quantities.

Rock bass are directly responsible for Lake Geneva's comparatively thin largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Viszla-Terrier
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8/10/15 9:04 PM CST
trl20045, I disagree with your weight/measurement comparison. Rock bass probably have an impact, but singling them out specifically; I doubt it

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