The big Foodland bass tournament and Chris Lane Kids Fishing Camp will take place Saturday for the 12th straight year. There’s a new wrinkle this year. 5,000 Florida-strain largemouth bass fingerlings will be released into Guntersville Lake as part of the tournament.

It’s a project of the Major League Fishing Anglers Assn., Chris Lane Fishing and Foodland, Lane said.

“We wanted to give back to the lake that gives us so much,” Lane said. “Major League Fishing’s big message is conservation and continuing to extend the life of our sport. That’s why we are trying to do something to help take care of the lake.”

He's hopeful other organizations will see it as an example and do fish releases of their own in the future. 

He said they got the necessary permit for the release from the Alabama Division of Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries and the fish are coming from Southeastern Pond Management.

Anglers will be given bags of the fingerling bass and asked to release them before their first cast. The kids at the fishing camp will also be involved in releasing some of them.

Lane thanked the community partners who help put on the Foodland tournament and kids camp.

“I still think Guntersville is the No. 1 lake in the entire country,” he said. “We are going to enjoy letting some fish go in this lake.”

The kids camp is filled.

“The kids are going to go home with plenty of stuff, rods and reels, tackle, line, good bags from Foodland and all our sponsors,” Lane said. “This is always just a great event.”

He said Major League Fishing “tries to leave a place better than we found it” and he was pleased the anglers association go behind the Guntersville bass release. He’s looking forward to the day MLF visits Guntersville.

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