By Louie Stout
Greg Mangus is encouraging Michiana tournament directors to consider prohibiting smallmouth from being weighed in during the spawning season.
The temporary restriction would help protect the noticeably declining smallmouth populations on lakes where largemouth bass dominate and still provide largemouth opportunities for competing anglers.
Mangus, a South Bend native from Fremont, Ind., said at least two northeast Indiana tournament circuits have adopted the idea of excluding smallmouth during the month of May this year.
He says the idea arose in discussions this winter with other veteran tournament anglers who have seen dwindling smallmouth populations on lakes that get springtime tournament pressure.