Practice catch and release

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 8, 2009

On March 21 the Lake Concordia Team Bass Tournament will cast off out of Lakeview Lodge on Lake Concordia.

This event will feature a tournament within a tournament. There will be an open division and a military division.

The open division fee is $120 per team, and anyone can enter. Based on 100 entries, the first place team — the team with the five largest bass — will take home $2,000. Second place is $1,400, third place is $1,000 and cash places will be paid down to 10th place.

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The open division big bass entry is included in the $120 fee. The team with the single largest bass will net $1,000. Second place big bass is $500, third $300 and fourth $200.

The fee for the military division is $50, and 100 percent of all fees collected will be paid back.

To enter the military division, at least one person in the boat must be a member of any branch of the military — veteran, active or retired. You can enter both divisions if one of the team members is or was in the military.

Registration runs through March 20 at Eddie’s Marine and Tackle in Vidalia.

Good reports on the bass and white perch are numerous. The best reports from the white perch fishermen have come from the Black River/Horseshoe Lake Complex and the Saline/Larto Complex.

Some smaller waters like Wallace Lake north of Jonesville are producing some big white perch as well.

The spawn is on, so look for the perch in shallow water.

It’s the time of year when you will find bass in anywhere from two to 20 feet of water.

As water temperatures continue to rise, more fish will move shallow. Use a surface water temperature gauge and locate the warmest water on the lake to find spawning fish.

Please practice catch and release this spring. The big female bass are loaded with eggs.

Some people catch and keep the smaller male bass off the nest, and that’s just as bad as keeping females.

The male bass builds the nest, guards the eggs and fry until they reach fingerling size and before they leave the nest.

If you keep the male fish bream, turtles and other predators will eat the eggs and destroy the nest.