There is no biological reason to close bass season. They are the one fish in the state that doesn't ever need help, and doesn't even need to get stocked....even after major fish kills...bass always bounce back.
Plus, the only logical time to close season and protect a species, would be the spawn....which we are allowed to not only fish, but harvest as well.....so if we can harvest them while spawning, does it make sense to protect them just before? Not really.
When I worked for the DNR, I was always told (I brought this subject up every year) that I was right, there was no reason biologically to close the season, but rather that by closing the season, it allowed for the traditional "opening day".....I was told over and over, its this "tradition" that has prevented removing the closed season (as stupid as this sounds).....and driving a myriad of eager bass fishermen to other states to spend their money every spring.
Literally, the closed season on bass costs this state money every year.....its just not logical and im glad this catch and release season is gaining steam...I have no doubts it will happen here in the next couple of years....better late than never, I guess.