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Any Lakes where you can use Largemouth Bass as Live Bait?

10/11/20 @ 4:54 PM
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Tiefsa
Tiefsa
User since 10/25/16

Just wondering.  I know some lakes in WI want to lower the bass population as they are competition for walleye.  Any lakes where you can catch and keep bass under 14 inches or catch and use them as live bait in that lake?

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10/16/20 @ 10:09 PM
jaybeeturtle
User since 3/17/06

The biggest largemouth I ever caught, and the only fish I've kept as a trophy ,  had a 12 inch bass in its stomach.  Was 23.5 inches,  full of spawn and the bass in stomach,  weighed 7 3/4 lbs. So yes, they are definitely cannibals

10/16/20 @ 9:55 PM
Tiefsa
Tiefsa
User since 10/25/16

Yeah.  I'd like to in the future.  Just wondering if there was any bodies of water around here where I could try...  It was a fun idea for a video, but I felt like it was not really a true test. I felt like if you watched that video, it wasn't kind of clickbaitish and I try to avoid that.  I want to try it for real, you know.

10/16/20 @ 10:42 AM
262 Fishing
262 Fishing
User since 8/10/18

I don't have anything to add... just a question.

Are you doing a follow up to your cannibal bass video?  Instead of artificial baits that look like bass, maybe a true cannibal live bait episode?

10/14/20 @ 9:51 AM
Phat Walleyes
Phat Walleyes
User since 3/31/15

Bass are part of the sunfish family...

10/14/20 @ 8:03 AM
SnakeSter
SnakeSter
MEMBER since 7/9/12

Tomahawk Lake is correct. Big lake conected to Minaqua chain.
The wife and I used to go to Big Tom (is what we call it), to just get 10 bass for a big fry! I said before on another thread that we had 10 people for fish fry. 7 out of 10 preferred the Bass to the Blue Gill. It surprised me for sure after hearing all the wives tales about eating bass!?!?!?! Most have not tried it due to their own fishing ethics. Not a problem at all. There is just so many bass in most lakes, and it’s very easy to catch. Especially on Big Tom.

10/13/20 @ 9:19 PM
Tiefsa
Tiefsa
User since 10/25/16

I've kept and eaten largemouth bass often when I would fish in Canada years and years ago.  Maybe I didn't know any better back then, and I still don't know now, but I really like a bass fish fry.

10/12/20 @ 12:41 PM
voldie
User since 2/8/11

Devil's Lake state park in Baraboo you can keep large mouth bass under 14 inches in length. 14 to 18 must be released. And I believe one over 18 can be kept.

10/11/20 @ 11:08 PM
Fishlovme
Fishlovme
MEMBER since 6/22/01

Tiefsa, The entire Minocqua Chain (Kawaguessaga, Minocqua, and Tomahawk) are no size limit, at least this year they were.  Limits change all of the time, but more than likely they won't need to change the limits out there for bass.  I had a nice 17 inch walleye on out there this summer and a huge northern followed it to the boat.  Really cool watching that in clear water!  Walleye weren't legal to keep this year, catch and release only, but they have rebounded somewhat out there and might open back up next year.  I would not advise using a walleye for bait out there though.  Bass, help yourself, there are plenty in that chain of lakes!  Eat some too, they're delicious!

 

10/11/20 @ 9:49 PM
Tiefsa
Tiefsa
User since 10/25/16

Thanks for the info, and no, I won't waste any fish if I catch them for the bag limit and try them for bait.  I'd keep and eat a bass if another fish doesn't try to eat it.  Tomahawk Lake near Minocqua? I'll have to check that out next summer.

10/11/20 @ 8:04 PM
nihsif
nihsif
MEMBER since 6/15/01

any fish you catch that is legal can be used as bait,  that fish also counts towards your bag limit for that species 


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