By Louie Stout

Northern fisheries supervisor Jeremy Price (left) and DNR aid Logan Halderman show off some of the big bass biologists captured during a Big Long Lake assessment of the slot limit the DNR imposed on the lake five years ago.  The largest weighed 7 pounds and all of the fish were released alive. (Indiana DNR photo)

The pending results of an experimental bass size limit on Big Long Lake may lead to more Indiana lakes with a slot limit structure.

That’s the view of northern Indiana biologists who are conducting a study of what could be done on lakes that have an overabundance of undersize (less than 14 inches) bass.

A slot limit prohibits anglers from keeping bass between 12 and 15 inches and permits only two bass over 15 inches. The bag limit remains five, so they can fill out limits with bass under the slot limit or keep up to 5 “unders.” It is the same regulation in place on the St. Joseph River in Indiana.

As we mentioned here earlier this year, the DNR has noticed a trend of too many little bass and darn few quality bass in some lakes. It’s taking a closer look at those lakes to get a better handle on the numbers.

Bass over-population, coupled with slow growth, has been an emerging problem on some natural lakes ever since Indiana went to a statewide 14-inch size limit.