The bass season opens tomorrow in the Northern Harvest zone and the DNR says anglers are enjoying increased populations.
The northern bass zone includes those waters north of Highway 64 and 77, and the harvest season will now remain open through the end of the license year in March.
Steve Avelallemant, fisheries supervisor for the northern region says, “Bass fishing is as good as it’s been in a long time.” He added “We’ve seen increases in abundance over time across the region and that means plenty of opportunities for anglers.”
While many anglers target walleye in Wisconsin, bass are actually the second most caught fish behind pan fish, according to the DNR. The most recent figures available from 2006 say 10 million bass were caught statewide, compared to 7 million walleye and 1 million northern pike.
DNR Fisheries biologist Jon Hansen says about the opening harvest date, “Take your kids and enjoy the wonderful diversity of bass fishing opportunities we have in the northern zone.”
Speaking of area waterways, the reservoir system remains at near full levels here in the northwoods. Wisconsin Valley Improvement’s updated statistics show that all 5 reservoirs are with 7 inches of full.