Bluegill Can Be Managed More Effectively with Bag Limits!

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Many inland fisheries historically have allowed unlimited harvest of panfish, or have extremely liberal bag limits. The management paradigm is that fishing mortality is usually low and high harvests benefit angling by improving growth and preventing stunting. However, a new study by Andew Rypel of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Bureau of Science Services, shows that this may not be a universal truth and that bag limits can be used to improve fishing quality.

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This journal review originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Fisheries magazine