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These career bureaucrats make these stupid decisions and answer to nobody! The only recourse we have to is continually voice our displeasure.
You can not complain if you sit back and do absolutely nothing.
If you want to catch some Smallies go to a lake north of there. I'll keep that name to myself.
My guess is they want to protect the bass (catch and release) so the crayfish can be kept in check. Obviously, livebait fishing increases the chance of gullet/gill hooking bass. The signs also state that barbless hooks must be used for bass.
Why the outlawing of live bait.... Invasive species???
Steve Petersen Superintendent - Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest (715) 358-9225 email@example.com
Good points by Magnum Esox... Make sure you have a good hydrographic map....A species that cannot be overlooked are the smallies... This lake has an abundant population of trophy bass..... This lake has a huge rusty crayfish population and the bass gorge on these things... The first spot magnum indicated , the reef off of the fiirst point to the right of the landing is a good place to start, then the whole south shoreline... Its all rocky and holds numerous bass.
Over the years have caught many 20"+ fish (with a personal best of 23 1/2 " 5.5 lbs) on everthing from crawlers to crayfish colored baits. If the prevailing wind is blowing you can drift the whole south shore. The SE end of the lake is good also for smallies... Muskies like the bay where you launch, Papoose Bay and the Rice creek entrance on the NE side of the lake...
We'll be on this body of water sometime during the week of June 20-28 will give report upon my return... Good Luck Bob