Re: Surprising Catch
We don't target LMB in beds and always catch and release them all year round. I also use barbless flies and prefer to fish in lakes and ponds that are regulated to be 100% catch and release. Good for the fish and fisherman.
Plenty of other fish to target in that lake. Just last week, I caught small walleye, perch and gills, in addition to the young (assume non-spawning) LMB. All fun on light-weight (4 wt) gear.
The bass in question hit in deeper weeds (5-10 foot water), so I suspect it was not on a bed. It's my assumption that the beds are all close to shore. Is that a good assumption?