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Washington Forecast Indicates Improved Coho Salmon Numbers for 2019
Posted on: 02/28/19

Fishery managers estimate higher numbers of coho salmon will return to Washington’s waters in 2019 compared to last year, but expect low returns of wild chinook will again make setting fishing seasons a challenge. The forecast meeting marks the starting point for crafting 2019 salmon-fishing seasons in Puget Sound, the Columbia River and...

South Dakota GFP Extends Fish House Removal Deadline
Posted on: 02/27/19

The South Dakota GFP has extended the deadline for when anglers must remove their fish houses from South Dakota lakes. Anglers will not have to remove their fish houses, shelters or other structures by midnight, Thursday, Feb. 28 as was previously announced. GFP has not set a hard deadline for fish house removal at this time, but once conditions begin to improve, the department will...

Idaho Has $50,000 Swimming in Lake Pend Oreille
Posted on: 02/25/19
Idaho anglers will now have added incentive to catch and keep walleye in Lake Pend Oreille and connected Idaho waters. Starting March 1, an experimental program launched by Idaho Fish and Game and Avista will offer a chance at cash rewards for anglers harvesting walleye. Fifty walleye in Lake Pend Oreille, the Clark Fork River and the Pend Oreille River have been...

Montana Issues Emergency Closure of Rosebud Isle Fishing Access Site
Posted on: 02/25/19

The Montana DFWP has closed the Rosebud Isle Fishing Access Site in Stillwater County until further notice. Ice gorging and ice jams on West Rosebud Creek have caused water to channel through the entire site, which is then freezing, and causing dangerous conditions. The combination of dangerous conditions includes flooded areas throughout the site, freezing and rendering unsafe condition for...

North Carolina 2019 Striped Bass Season for Roanoke River Opens March 1
Posted on: 02/25/19

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the entire Roanoke River Management Area to striped bass harvest from March 1 through April 30, unless closed or extended through proclamation. The Roanoke River Management Area includes the Roanoke River and tributaries from Roanoke Rapids Lake Dam downstream to Albemarle Sound, including...

Ohio 2019 Trout Fishing Opportunities at Castalia Fish Hatchery
Posted on: 02/25/19
Exceptional trout fishing opportunities at Cold Creek, one of Ohio’s most unique streams, await fishing enthusiasts who enter and are drawn in a special lottery conducted by the Ohio DNR. A half-mile section of the creek, located at the Castalia State Fish Hatchery in Erie County, will again be open to a limited number of anglers on selected dates between Friday, May 3, and Friday, Nov. 29. Anglers interested in fishing the trout stream must...

States Set 2019 Columbia River Spring Chinook Seasons
Posted on: 02/22/19

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted revised 2019 spring Chinook salmon and steelhead seasons for the Columbia River recently during a joint state hearing. These regulations replace permanent rules that remain in effect through February. The season-setting process was complicated this year due to...

Michigan Master Angler Program has Some New Rules for 2019
Posted on: 02/20/19

Anyone hoping to submit a catch to the Michigan DNR’s Master Angler program – which each year recognizes the largest fish of several dozen species – will want to pay close attention to the 2019 application. A few new rules have been added to the program for 2019, including...

SCDNR Acquires 1,757 Acres in Northern Greenville County for Hunting, Fishing
Posted on: 02/18/19

In partnership with The Conservation Fund, the South Carolina SCDNR)recently acquired 1,757 acres near Cleveland in northern Greenville County. The land, referred to as “Tall Pines,” includes about a mile of South Saluda River frontage and will be used to enhance fish and wildlife habitat and provide ...

Texas 2019 Proposed Saltwater Fishing Regulation Changes
Posted on: 02/18/19

The Texas TPWD is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to saltwater fishing regulations for 2019-2020. These changes are intended to streamline regulations for the entire Texas coast for spotted seatrout and modified regulations for certain species to be in line with federal rules to reduce confusion among anglers for sharks and cobia. In addition...