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I don't usually target bass while on the hard water but the fish gods rewarded me anyway.  While ice fishing for walleye and even small mouth bass a white bass noticed my golden spoon jigging and decided to bite. It turned out to be a master angler white bass. :) \

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Those things will battle!!!

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56 minutes ago, Paul Roberts said:

Is that a White, or Wiper? 

It is a white.

 

 

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Had to look to see how big a white has to be for a Master Angler in KS, 16". Same in CO? That's a stout white bass for sure. They're fun when they get that big. 

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What is a master angler white bass?

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5 hours ago, reason said:

What is a master angler white bass?

Some states & provinces award anglers with a master angler certificate or other award for achieving a certain weight or length of each game species. The achieved weight or length represents a trophy designation for that particular area or region. The in fisherman magazine awards master angler patches & certificates for different species in five different regions of North America. For example the in-fisherman requirements for smallmouth bass in region 5, the great lakes & tributaries, are 5.5lb minimum for kept bass & 21" length for catch & release category. Largemouth bass in region 2, southern states & Mexico, are 10lbs for kept bass & 24" for catch & release category.

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Trash fish in Tennessee, but there is a 15 fish limit.  Use to be 30, but I'm think'n

12,000  would be a better number.

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8 hours ago, roadwarrior said:

Trash fish in Tennessee, but there is a 15 fish limit.  Use to be 30, but I'm think'n

12,000  would be a better number.

There's no limit here, length or bag, although I think there is a set number for fish that don't have a limit, something like 50 a day or 500 in possession. Even that wouldn't put a dent in them in most lakes where they live here. They can be fun, but I try to avoid them unless nothing else is biting. Too many ways to hurt you and they don't get big enough. They do make good cut bait for catfish though. 

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When I go to St Clair, we run into schools of these fish pretty regularly.  Fun to catch but we will usually move on PDQ to get away from the school.  As Bluebasser said, they can horn you pretty good and they have a habit of milking all over the deck.  

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10 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Too many ways to hurt you 

I'm not familiar with them and I'm not sure if they're even in Michigan except for the Great Lakes, so how can they hurt you? 

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1 hour ago, 12poundbass said:

I'm not familiar with them and I'm not sure if they're even in Michigan except for the Great Lakes, so how can they hurt you? 

Sharp gill Plates and fins. Plus they never give up. More than once, I have had an aggressive white bass stick a treble hook in my hand, while trying to free it. 

Usually a day of white bass fishing leaves my hands raw and bleeding. 

They do make good fish tacos.

Like @Bluebasser86 said, they are usually reserved for days when black bass will not play.

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Nice white bass. I caught a bunch of them a while ago while on a fishing vacation up north. They give a good fight for their size. One of them was Master Angler size and also caught other species that qualified for Master Angler awards.

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On 1/2/2019 at 4:06 PM, roadwarrior said:

Trash fish in Tennessee, but there is a 15 fish limit.  Use to be 30, but I'm think'n

12,000  would be a better number.

That sure is some delicious trash 

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On 1/3/2019 at 7:44 PM, TnRiver46 said:

That sure is some delicious trash 

If I'm not mistaken I used to catch them pretty good on Rooster Tails.

Whats some other good lures for nabbing them up?

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2 hours ago, ReggieT said:

If I'm not mistaken I used to catch them pretty good on Rooster Tails.

Whats some other good lures for nabbing them up?

Anything that looks like a shad. Lipless baits are the popular item here. 

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3 hours ago, ReggieT said:

If I'm not mistaken I used to catch them pretty good on Rooster Tails.

Whats some other good lures for nabbing them up?

I use a crappie jig and a spook mostly 

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