Bass Numbers Grow; Is It a Problem?

Do northern Indiana lakes have too many bass?

That’s the question that Hoosier fish managers are starting to ask and, if so, what are the consequences?

“Our surveys indicate bass numbers have doubled over the past 30 years,” said DNR bass biologist Jed Pearson. “That’s a positive thing until it upsets a balance in the fishery.”

The veteran biologist attributes the increase to bass anglers’ affinity to practice catch and release and the addition of an increased size limit years ago.

Indiana went from no size limit to 12 inches in 1990 and from 12 to 14 in 1998. The result has been a lot of bass swimming in Hoosier lakes.

That’s a good thing, right?

It is, to a point.