MADISON, (WKOW) -- Things are getting back to normal in the state house. A new Republican bill has been imposed. This bill would allow anglers to cull fish in Wisconsin bass tournaments.
Culling refers to catching and keeping a fish in a live well or fish basket, then throwing it back after catching a larger one. The practice is currently outlawed for all Wisconsin anglers, but the bill would create an exemption for bass tournaments.
The measure's chief author, Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc, says in a memo to legislators that Wisconsin can attract more tournaments; money they generate for local communities by allowing culling.
State fishing officials say Wisconsin hosted about 215 catch-hold-and-release bass tournaments last year.