Brian and Renee Hensley had a limit of five bass totaling 9.51 pounds to win the Casting Couples tournament on Fish Lake near Marcellus, Mich.
The winners ($290) used Yamamoto grubs in 15-feet of water and Spro frogs in the lily pads to catch their limit.
Garmin International, Inc. earned the coveted “Best of Show” award for its new Panoptix LiveScope at the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), held recently in in Orlando, Fla.
Bryce and Hillary Stewart (Hillsdale, Mich.) was the only team that had a limit of five keeper bass to win the Casting Couples tournament on Randall Chain July 1.
The winners ($280) had 8.85 pounds caught up the creek on Centipedes.
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By Louie Stout
One of the biggest concerns shared by many anglers this time of year is the spraying of chemicals designed for killing aquatic vegetation on Michiana waters.
Yet, if you talk to waterfront residents, they would tell you those treatments are necessary to allow recreational use of the waters.
It’s a controversy that DNR managers battle every spring and early summer.
Lake associations employ professional contractors to come onto lakes to kill non-native plants they believe interfere with boating and other recreational activities.
Anglers see the vegetation as necessary fish habitat and the lifeblood of a good fishery. Fish biologists agree emphatically that vegetation leads to a healthy eco-system, but understand that shallow areas can become weed choked and inhibit boating activities if not kept in check.
Aquatic plants provide other benefits. They provide oxygen that in turn helps keep the water clear. Decaying plants rob the oxygen and diminish water clarity.