“Most of the reservoirs in this country are approaching or exceeding 50 years old and are mired in the ‘bust’ portion of their lifecycle,” said Boxrucker. “To sustain the quality of angling currently enjoyed, the decline in habitat quality needs to be reversed or future generations of anglers will not enjoy the same quality of angling that we, and those who taught and inspired us to fish, have enjoyed.”
During the short stay, Rude boated a largemouth weighing 4-5 that eventually would tie for the Carhartt Big Bass Award. Following it to the boat were two more fish of the same size. Striped bass were part of the surface feeding frenzy that would erupt on occasion.