Why Laws – Is Government Just Try to Control Us?
Most fishing legislation is designed to protect fish stocks to ensure that our children's children have fish to catch. While some legislation is designed as a revenue grab, these usually bring in very little and are at the regional level as most tax levy's raised at the federal, state and provincial level.
Protecting Endangered Species
Some restrictive legislation is designed to protect bass species like the redeye bass or Roanoke Bass that have a limited distribution and are susceptible to shocks to the environment.
Managing Fish Populations
State and Federal agencies employ fish biologists and scientists to keep fish stocks healthy, introduce fish to new environments and reintroduce them to environments that fish have left. Not all reservoirs and lakes are able to stay stocked with fish without state and local agencies seeding them with juvenile bass. Most revenue for these activities usually come from license fees.
Legislation is also designed to keep out invasive species like the Asian Carp and snake head. These species have now taken a foot hold in the United States and their numbers are expanding rapidly, pushing and starving out local bass and other native species.
Above: snakehead - invasive fish species with a highly aggresive attitude that will kill for no reason.
Bass Fishing Gurus is not one to take political sides, but it is clear that there is a lot of legislation designed to protect local fish stocks. We just hope that they are able to make better headway against the Asian Carp and Snakehead.