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Posted on: 01/07/19

At the beginning of 2018, the Toyota ShareLunker program debuted a new year-long season for anglers to enter their 8 pound and larger bass for prizes, recognition, and to help the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department promote and enhance bass fishing in Texas. On Dec. 31, staff wrapped up the first year of the revamped program with a total of...

Washington Puget Sound Sport Crabbing Closed; Harvest Reports Due by Feb1
Posted on: 01/07/19

With all Puget Sound marine areas in Washington now closed to recreational crab fishing, sport crabbers will have through Feb 1 to report their results for the winter season. State fishing rules require that all sport crabbers licensed to fish for Dungeness crab in the Sound report the results on their winter Catch Record Card to...

Japan Commercial Whale Hunting Set to Restart in July 2019
Posted on: 01/04/19

Japan says it is to restart commercial whaling in July, 2019 in a move that is likely to draw international criticism. It means Japan will be able to freely hunt species currently protected by the IWC, like minke whales. Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said commercial whaling would be restricted to...

Upcoming 2019 Hunting, Fishing, Outdoor Sportshows: Check for Venues in Your State
Posted on: 01/04/19

Below is a list of upcoming 2019 outdoor-related expos, including hunting, fishing, boat, camping, RV, sport, and more. Updated regularly so stop back often. Expo dates and locations can and do sometimes change. Before making plans to attend an event, please refer to each show’s website for the latest news and updates....

Best Places for Winter Fishing in Arizona
Posted on: 01/02/19

The following is a general description and quarterly forecast for Arizona winter fishing conditions in major public water bodies in the respective regions. Fishing reports, updates and more, will be posted online at the Arizona fish & game website...

Pennsylvania Survey Reveals Abundant Bass & Catfish in Susquehanna River
Posted on: 01/02/19

In a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. From October 22-28, 2018, fisheries biologists conducted nighttime electrofishing surveys targeting adult smallmouth bass at...

Register for Vermonts FREE Ice Fishing Day Festival Jan 26, 2019
Posted on: 12/31/18

Saturday, January 26, 2019 is Vermont’s next free ice fishing day - a day when anyone, resident or nonresident, may go fishing in Vermont without a fishing license. Come to our FREE Ice Fishing Festival! Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff will be there to help everyone. Pre-register now to avoid long lines at registration and...

Wyoming Ice Fishing Outlook in the Casper Region
Posted on: 12/31/18

Ice fishing around the Casper region in Wyoming should be good in 2019, assuming we get good ice. At Seminoe, trout and walleye populations are both high right now. Walleye averaged 14.4 inches in our fall sampling while rainbow trout averaged 16.2 inches. Walleye...

Port Allen Small Boat Harbor in Kaua`i now Reopened
Posted on: 12/28/18

A year long project at the Port Allen Small Boat Harbor has completed with new slips opened on December 21, 2018 and boaters can move back into their slips. The Port Allen Small Boat Harbor is located on the southern coastline of Kaua`i on the eastern shore of...

Waikiki-Diamond Head SFMA Close Fishing for One Year Starting Jan 1, 2019
Posted on: 12/28/18

The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area (SFMA), O‘ahu, will be closed to fishing for one year, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. The SFMA encompasses the nearshore waters between the ‘Ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the high-water mark on shore to...