You're correct, the law was changed April 1st of this year, Catch and Release Bass. I thought it was only for certain areas. Talked to a Game Warden yesterday, he said it just makes their job harder. People say they are fishing for Bass, but catch (and keep) walleyes and northerns. He knows people are abusing this already, and he is trying to to be everywhere at once but it's hard when Green Co and other smaller counties only have one Game Warden for the entire county. Just hope anglers treat nature properly. The Sugar River is a jewel of a Smallmouth Bass and Walleye fishery. With plenty of other good fishing opportunities.
Fellas - there are currently two catch & release game fish seasons going on within the sugar river watershed. I don’t know what section you have been fishing but there is currently the catch and release trout season. Trout inhabit a large portion of the Sugar River. There is also a new catch and release bass season effective April 1st, 2020 statewide. The sugar has a good population of smallmouth bass also.
The people throwing spinners and other baits for gamefish must not understand the Sugar River is closed for game fishing until the opener in May. I hope they stop. ??
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First time fishing the Sugar River this Sunday. I was targeting silver redhorse suckers. I bounced around a few spots and caught carp, some golden suckers and a silver redhorse. The water seemed like it was at an average level. It didn't look particularly low or high. I saw three other fishermen targeting game fish (casting spinnerbaits, or mepps lures, or plastics) and they didn't catch anything.
Hit the sugar, not here actually by albany.
Managed 3 legal smallies 16, 17, and almost 19”, 3 legal walleye 16, 16, 17....not bad for just the wife and i