Archive for Wednesday, September 21, 1994

MCELHANEY SPEAKS OUT AGAINST BASS LENGTH LIMITS

September 21, 1994

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At least one Douglas County commissioner sees bass limits at Lone Star Lake as a populist issue.

During Monday's commission meeting, Louie McElhaney, the commission's chairman, said he can't support a proposal to increase the length limit on bass caught in the lake. McElhaney said the change would protect fishing for tournament anglers at the expense of folks who fish for food and leisure.

The Kansas Department of Parks and Wildlife proposed raising the minimum length on large-mouth bass from 16 inches to 18 inches and imposing the 18-inch limit on the currently unrestricted striped bass and wiper, a striper-white bass hybrid.

A state biologist who stocks the lake and area bass fishermen argue that stricter limits would give bass a better chance of attaining trophy size.

However, McElhaney said that anglers who fish for food don't want to catch bass that would be large enough to be harvested legally under the proposed limits.

``If you keep a bass that's 18 inches long, it's not good eating anyway,'' McElhaney said.

The commission had been scheduled to decide the issue Monday, but deferred the vote for a week. Commissioner Jim Chappell said he didn't have strong feelings about the issue and Commissioner Mark Buhler did not attend Monday's meeting.

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