We always did "catch and release" with bass. I have to say, the only fresh water fish we'd eat were walleye and lake trout. Everything else catch and release, move the boat. Northern (snake) was eaten as pickled fish--fake pickled herring, but not often. Bullheads, perch, burbots, eelpout, bass, and catfish (and snapping turtles) were all catch and release fish. The sooner we could get them off the hook, the better. Eelpout and burbot were the worst. Although Musky was also popular, we never went musky fishing.