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The catch-and-release season for smallmouth bass will begin after this Sunday, Sept. 9. Though anglers may continue to target smallmouth bass, the species must be immediately released after being caught.

Catch-and-release season begins

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The annual catch-and-release season for smallmouth bass begins in Minnesota after Sept. 9.

The rule was enacted several years ago to protect smallmouth bass as they follow traditional migratory routes toward areas where they will spend part of the fall and most of the winter.

Since smallmouth follow the same routes each year, anglers who discover the pattern could put smallmouth populations at risk of over-harvest.

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