By Louie Stout

A Good Example of Why Catch-and-Release Works

It was an overcast mid-morning when Chuck White, his dad (Chuck), and his wife (Kathy) launched their 16-foot Alumacraft boat into the St. Joseph River downstream from the South Bend dam.

“Dad started taking me there when I was 14 years old,” said White, now 43. “We always do well and enjoy fishing that stretch because it’s so quiet and you don’t see too many other anglers.”

That Wednesday morning was no exception.

The trio caught and released more than 30 smallmouth bass and four northern pike during a four-hour outing.