I used to be a big tournament fisherman (bass), and I won my share of money, on local reservoirs. Obviously, I had to release those bass after the weigh-ins. But when I'm fishing for food, I don't think twice abut keeping a 3-pounder for a nice fish fry for my family. Why feel guilty? That's so ridiculous. We're talking about fish here, folks! Not borrowing DNA from unborn human fetus'es. People have been eating fish as a staple of their diet from the beginning of recorded history. Nobody's drag-netting the rivers for fish, nor the reservoirs. But what gets me is those of you who think they should get points for releasing all those nice crappies or white bass. You did nothing to expand the species, LOL. Your intentions are good, but the reality is, you helped nothing. You would have done better to eat those fish. Lakes like Hoover, particularly, are subject to severe drawdowns at key times of the year. It results in stunted year-classes of fish, including crappies. Some years back, you couldn't catch a crappie out of Hoover that was bigger than 6", and that lasted for several years. Now the crappies are booming, I can tell you, for those of us that like to eat them, you'd better catch and keep all you can, because it could be over next year. In the years when it was great, like now, keeping a bunch never hurt the population, like people would have you think. You can't catch enough crappies to hurt the population in Hoover.