Livewell Maintenance During Tournaments

Our friends at Maryland DNR sent this out recently. Please read this letter and the data in the links provided and try the recommendations!

Dear Pennsylvania,

Many black bass anglers hold onto their catch for an hour or more throughout the fishing day.  Keeping the bass alive in a live well can be a challenge sometimes, especially during summer months.  Many people have different ideas on how to keep those fish alive.  We recently studied some of those ideas and just how good water quality is in the live well.  We learned that recirculation with fresh water every 30 minutes for at least 3 – 5 minutes is very important.  If you’re a tournament director or fish in tournaments, please pass this onto others who may not be getting this email.  Thanks!  For questions or comments, respond to Joe Love,


Read more of the work in the attachment Keeping Bass Alive in the Live Well  



Joseph W. Love, Ph.D. 

Tidal Bass Manager

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Fisheries Service

Maryland Department of Natural Resources