I agree arpiem,
They've done the same thing to duck hunting regulations. You would have to be biologist with telescopic eyesight to tell the difference between male v. female or mature v. immature in the subdued light of morning and evening hunting hours. Big game hunting and freshwater fishing regs aren't any better.
And, like salt water fishing regs, there isn't a living biologist out there who can show definitive proof that their regulations have accomplished anything except aggravating sportsmen and increased fine revenue.
I'm very certain that eliminating the FWS and state dept's of fish and wildlife entirely would even stabilize and/or improve game specie populations in several cases.