Again, I don't understand the bass hate. I do understand in circumstances where they have been introduced and the state or other agency wants them out. I agree with some of it, but an outright hate for a non-native species? Really? Just out of curiosity what is your nationality? I know this might be going to an extreme, but should we ban anything that isn't a dinosaur, better yet should we start throwing whitey up on the bank because the "Natives" were here first? The "It isn't native, therefore do with it what your will.", argument really fails me, that is what is wrong with that statement. No more put and take fisheries, no more Lone, Pass, Dryfalls, Lenice, Nunally, Chopaka, Rattlesnake, etc... Start tossing all the Rocky Ford mutants up on shore, they don't belong their anyway. At what point does a fishery become part of the system? Shall we start banning earthworms? Did you know they are not Native to North America. Horses? Scotchbloom? Ok, I'm ok with taking out the Dadelion. Do you drink beer? Are the hops native? Let me know when I've made my point. "Bass aren't even native to washington. Handle them however you wish. They're really bad for most of the systems they're in (Columbia River especially)." Evan I think you do a lot of fishing for steel and I can understand your perspective but I'm mostly a stillwater guy and to be honest most if not all of our lakes our bastardized non-native fisheries in the first place, ones that we created. Now in the Columbia, I do find it hard to believe that there is a bounty on Northern Pike Minnow, but not small mouth. With you here, I completely agree. My defense of bass stems to stillwaters where a sustainable bass fishery is in a lot of ways much better than a trout fishery. Now, with that I don't like "bass-turds" dumping in bass just to purposely ruin another fishery and in those cases where legal, I will keep without guilt my fair share of bass but I think it is and will continue to think it unethical to kill a species just because it is that species, (with the exception maybe of female mosquitos) I also refuse to believe that it is ok to waste a food fish by ditching up on the bank or bushes. Ira..