It doesn’t make sense that the fish could wind up back at the launch site, due to a southerly wind and the strong current at the mouth of the Saranac River, Lappin said.
The FLW even has an employee stay in the area to watch for any “delayed mortality” incidents, and none were reported.
The health of the fish in any lake is of prime importance to the FLW, he said, as that is part of what makes for a successful tournament.
PROPOSED CATCH LIMIT
Seymour and LaMora said they aren’t opposed to bass tournaments and the revenue they generate for the region but want to see more care paid to the health of the fish.
Gary Golden, also of Plattsburgh, said he met one of the tournament contestants at a local gas station. That angler told him he had caught as many as 80 fish in a day as he scouted locations on the lake.
Seymour said he would like to see a limit on the number of bass that tournament participants are allowed to reel in daily. LaMora said that, as a long-time lake guide, he realizes the importance of quality fish.
“I’ve heard more than once that these FLW members fish all over the country and they have never fished a better lake than Lake Champlain,” he said.
“I’m sure none of them want to see what we saw here today.”
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