Buffalo is terrible with weeds. VERY hard to motor ANYWHERE! Motor sounded overheating alarm 3 times in a 2 hour attempt to fish. Not well managed. Sad. It has ...more been MUCH better in years past. :(
Ray, this fish was released. I was very careful with it. I don't eat largemouth, especially a fish this big and old. Fairly rare to see them this big this far ...more north on public water. When I do keep fish (usually walleye or pike) I never keep the larger ones, smaller eating size is what I believe you should keep. I considered a mount due to the rarity of this beast but even then I would get a replica. Would never kill it. Especially since I believe this was a pre-spawn female.