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Beginning in 2014, all bass tournaments in June, July and August will end at 2:00 PM, with the exception of evening tournaments starting after 4 PM. Fisheries biologists across the state felt that holding fish in live wells during warm water conditions causes undue stress and higher latent mortality. This new rule will be enforced statewide. An exception to this rule exists, allowing tournaments to continue past 2 PM, if the tournament holds multiple weigh-ins, at least once every four hours. The Iowa DNR agrees with many of the recommendations in the Keeping Bass Alive publication by B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportman Society) and suggests that all tournament sponsors review this document and encourage the implementation of these practices to help maintain a healthy bass fishery in Iowa.
Some of these guidelines requirements are programmed into the online application system, so that applications not adhering to these guidelines cannot be submitted in certain situations.