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USA 2018 West Coast King Salmon Sport fishing Outlook
Posted on: 03/26/18

In several parts of the country Chinook (king) salmon numbers on the west coast have declined dramaticaly to the point of canceling sport fishing for the great fish altogether in 2018. It is for this reason that TBC Press has looked deeper into the 2018 Chinook (king) salmon recreational forcast for Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington to give anglers...

Ice Fishing - Safety Information & Tips
Posted on: 12/01/17

The basics of Ice fishing is finding an iced up body of water that contains fish. If the ice is thick enough to support you and your tackles weight then just drill a decent size hole and drop a hook and line with a bait or maybe a lure and your Ice fishing. If you want to become good at it, experience, knowledge and safety make a big difference...

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Maryland Survey Shows Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Healthy
Posted on: 05/11/18

The Maryland DNR released the results of the 2018 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which shows that the population of blue crabs remains healthy and sustainable. While this year’s cold weather and ice cover took a toll on the adult crab population, causing an estimated 35 percent mortality of adult females wintering in state waters, the number of young crabs that...

Missouri Bow Fisherman Stuck Record Yellow Bullhead
Posted on: 05/11/18

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports Michael Williams of Wappapello became the most recent record-breaking angler in Missouri when he stuck a yellow bullhead on Duck Creek in Bollinger County. The new “alternative method” record fish caught by Williams on April 23 weighed...

Washington Dungeness Crab Season to Remain Closed in Portions of South Puget Sound
Posted on: 05/11/18

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently announced that two marine areas in south Puget Sound will not open for crab fishing this summer to allow Dungeness crab populations to rebuild. Recreational crab fisheries will remain closed in marine areas 11 (Tacoma/Vashon Island) and...

Oklahoma Angler Catches New Rod & Reel State-Record Paddlefish
Posted on: 05/10/18

Weighing 132 pounds 8 ounces, the paddlefish snagged Sunday, April 29, by Larry Morphew has been certified as Oklahoma’s newest rod-and-reel state-record paddlefish by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. After Morphew’s monster was officially checked and weighed by North Central Region Fisheries Supervisor Bill Wentroth, the angler...

South Dakota Reminds Anglers that Musky Fishing is Catch & Release Only
Posted on: 05/10/18

As of April 30, the South Dakota harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies has changed from a statewide 40 inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch and release only statewide. Currently, South Dakota has five lakes that are...

Washington Boaters asked to Observe 'No-Go' Zone Along Western San Juan Island
Posted on: 05/10/18

Washington fish and wildlife managers are asking anglers and other boaters to avoid an area along the west side of San Juan Island in an effort to protect a dwindling population of southern resident killer whales. The no-go zone is located on the west side of San Juan Island, including...

California Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishing Opening in June
Posted on: 05/09/18

Additional sections of the California coast will open up to recreational ocean salmon fishing in June. In the Klamath Management Zone, which is the area between the Oregon/California state line and Horse Mountain, the season will open June 1 and continue through Sept. 3, 2018. The Fort Bragg and San Francisco areas...

Limited Entry at Many Western Montana Fishing Access Sites
Posted on: 05/09/18

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) closed the gates or created temporary barriers at many fishing access sites (FASs) this week due to high water and flood conditions around west-central Montana. The FASs remain open to walk-in access, but users are urged to avoid these areas and...

Minnesota Angler Lands State Record Golden Redhorse
Posted on: 05/08/18

Angler Ethan Rasset has broken the state record for golden redhorse in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ certified weight category. Rasset caught the 4-pound, 8-ounce redhorse on the Otter Tail River after setting out April 7 with his fishing buddies to lure some roughfish like carp into biting. His rod was rigged with...

New South Carolina Size Limits and Dates for Santee Striped Bass
Posted on: 05/08/18

South Carolina anglers planning to fish for striped bass anywhere in the Santee River system between now and June 15 need to be aware of recent changes enacted by South Carolina lawmakers that will affect both the size of legal striped bass they can keep, and the time period during which legal-sized fish can be kept. What this change in law means is...