If you dared to bring a stringer of bass to the dock at Lake Fork, or many other bodies of water in the Lone Star State, you'd likely be the one filleted and not the fish. The idea of C&R; is a good one, but like any good idea taken to the extreme (call it zealotry, if you wish) is that the philosophy can sometimes do more harm than good. What can happen is that the age-class of the lake's bass population can be thrown out of whack and a lake can end up with an over abundance of smaller, younger fish that scarf up the majority of forage fish, leaving a depleted supply for up-and-coming fry and older, bigger bass.
While Mother Nature will eventually clean house and maintain equilibrium, she isn't always pleasant about it. Nature's way of fixing a problem isn't just unpleasant for the fish (disease, stress, starvation, etc); it can be equally unpleasant for the humans counting on the fish and lake as a resource (lost revenue by guides, bait shops, motels, restaurants, etc).