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Why Fishing is Good for Your Health
Posted on: 10/09/17
If you are reading this, we probably don’t have to sell you on the wonders of fishing – you are probably already a fan of heading out to the water, rod in hand, to see what’s biting. And you aren’t alone: Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world, and the number of new anglers grows every year. But few people realize that fishing is not only an enjoyable pastime, it provides a wealth of mental, emotional and physical benefits too. So, while you probably don’t need any additional reasons to go fishing, here are 11 more...

Knowing How to Catch a Giant (Tarpon) is Half the Battle
Posted on: 06/06/17

Have you ever felt the power of a large tarpon as it surges into the air and displays jaw-dropping acrobatics? Even for seasoned tarpon anglers, that first jump sends a rush of adrenaline through their veins like nothing else. Tarpon fishing in Florida has no equal, so it’s only natural that anglers from all over the country, and many other parts of the world, travel here to experience the challenge of catching and releasing a giant. Techniques for tarpon fishing vary widely depending on geographic location and an angler’s personal preference...

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Minnesota 2017 Whitefish, Tullibee Sport-Netting Opens Oct 27
Posted on: 10/20/17

Recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) is anticipated to open on several Schedule I Lakes in the Grand Rapids fisheries work area beginning in late October, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to...

West Virginia State Parks & Forests Offering Special Lodging Discount To Veterans Oct 29-Nov 16
Posted on: 10/20/17

The West Virginia State Parks system is giving back to military servicemen and women by offering a special discount to veterans who stay overnight at select parks and forests between Oct. 29 and Nov. 16. The offer, good for 50 percent off regular lodge and ...

Idaho 2017 Steelhead Harvest Season Opens -Anglers Should Note Some Regulation Changes
Posted on: 10/19/17

Idaho harvest season for adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead opened Sunday, Oct. 15 on the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers. Anglers should note some NEW regulation changes. The Fish and Game Commission on Friday, Oct. 13 approved opening the harvest season, but reduced the traditional daily bag limit from...

New Michigan State-Record Cisco Caught on Lake Ottawa
Posted on: 10/19/17

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed a new state-record fish for cisco (formerly known as lake herring). This marks the second state-record fish caught in 2017. The fish was caught Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. by Michael Lemanski of Florence, Wisconsin, on Lake Ottawa in Iron County in...

WDFW to Stock More Than 100,000 Trout in Washington Lakes
Posted on: 10/19/17

With thousands of rainbow trout destined for Washington lakes before November, anglers should have plenty of places to enjoy great fishing this fall and through the holiday season. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock at least 45 Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. Additionally...

New Georgia State Record Blue Catfish Caught on Altamaha River
Posted on: 10/18/17

A day you catch a new state record – and beat the old one by more than 12 pounds – is great! Richard Barrett is the new state record holder for the blue catfish. His catch, weighing 93 lb, 0 oz, beat the previous 2010 record of...

Deadline to Buy Wisconsin 2018 Sturgeon Spearing Licenses is Oct 31
Posted on: 10/18/17

The deadline to purchase Wisconsin licenses for the 2018 Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season is Oct. 31, with state biologists forecasting great opportunities to land the fish of a lifetime while enjoying time outdoors with family and friends. Spearers will be happy to know that our 2017 assessments once again show there are...

Maryland Striped Bass Survey Shows Healthy Population Growth
Posted on: 10/17/17

Results of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers. The annual survey’s index is 13.2, above the 64-year average of 11.7.Strong reproduction in three of the past seven years is an encouraging sign for...

60-Year-Old Alligator Gar New Texas Brazos River Record
Posted on: 10/16/17

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department research biologists have confirmed the new alligator gar bow fishing water body record for the Brazos River is 60-years-old, among the oldest fish aged and documented by the department. Angler Isaac Avery of Longview caught the 197 pound, 7.39 foot alligator gar bow fishing on...

Oregon & Washington Open 2 Days of Columbia River Sturgeon Fishing below Bonneville in Oct
Posted on: 10/13/17

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington scheduled two days of recreational white sturgeon fishing on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam during the month of October. Approved sturgeon retention days are Saturday, Oct. 21 and Thursday, Oct. 26. The open area is...

Vermont Fall Fishing Action Heating Up Across State
Posted on: 10/13/17

A recent mix of cool nights and unseasonably warm days has created optimal conditions for fall fishing, and anglers throughout Vermont are reporting that the action is beginning to pick up for both warm and cold-water fish species. Summertime conditions seemed to delay the fall bite a little bit, but cooler nights in the past few weeks have started to...

Washington Steelhead Fishing Opens Oct 15 on Snake River
Posted on: 10/13/17

Beginning Oct. 15, anglers can keep two hatchery steelhead daily in sections of the Snake River and some streams in southeast Washington. The fishing rule changes announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) affect the following areas...

Canada Expected to Make Major Changes to Drinking While Canoeing Laws
Posted on: 10/11/17

It may soon be legal to paddle a canoe and enjoy a few drinks at the same time in Canada. Paddling a canoe while bombed is still not a very good idea, but if you live in Canada, you may not have to worry about it costing you a suspended driver’s license and impounded car anymore. However...

Florida 2017 Stone Crab Claw Season Opens Oct 15 in State & Federal Waters
Posted on: 10/11/17

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all conservation-based management guidelines for stone crab harvest. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be...