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New Mexico Fishing and Stocking Reports for December 2019
Posted on: 12/28/18
This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Updated: Tuesday 12-26-2018...

Several Florida Grouper Closures Start Jan 1 in Gulf & Atlantic Waters
Posted on: 12/26/18

Florida gag grouper will close to recreational harvest in Gulf state and federal waters Jan. 1, 2019. The same day, several species of grouper will also close to recreational and commercial harvest in Florida state waters of the Atlantic and all state waters off Monroe County. This Atlantic seasonal closure includes...

Kansas Approves 2019 Fishing Regulation Changes
Posted on: 12/26/18
The Kansas Commissioners recently approved fishing regulation amendments for 2019, including prohibiting the take of channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish with bowfishing equipment in streams and rivers...

LDWF to Close Oyster Harvest in East portion of Calcasieu Lake
Posted on: 12/26/18

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will close oyster harvest in the East portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area in Cameron Parish, at one half-hour after sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.The oyster population in Calcasieu Lake is managed on a harvest threshold, and the recommended harvest threshold has been reached. In addition...

Oregon Steelhead Anglers Asked to Return Harvested Fish Snouts from Umpqua River
Posted on: 12/26/18

Oregon winter steelhead anglers are asked to return snouts from hatchery steelhead harvested in the Umpqua River basin. Anglers can deposit snouts in collection barrels at various boat ramps around Douglas County and at the ODFW office in Roseburg. Bags and tags with...

Wyoming has Abundant Lake Trout Fishing on Flaming Gorge
Posted on: 12/26/18

It has been cold in southwest Wyoming and ice on Flaming Gorge Reservoir has reached areas where small lake trout are abundant! Fisheries managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department encourage anglers to target the abundant lake trout less than 28 inches and take advantage of liberal limits. Beginning January 1, 2019, the creel limit...

California Fishing Opportunities Abound Over the Holidays
Posted on: 12/21/18

The winter holidays are a popular time for families and individuals to enjoy recreational trout fishing, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) trout hatcheries plan to provide plenty of opportunities for anglers of all ages over the next two weeks. Specific plants of catchable trout are scheduled at 53 waters in 25 counties...

Illinois New Grant Program Available to Help Companies Market Asian Carp Products
Posted on: 12/21/18

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently announced that companies and individuals interested in expanding demand for food and other products using Asian carp caught in Illinois waters are invited to apply for grant funding to assist their marketing efforts. Grants are now available through...

Senate Fails to Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Posted on: 12/21/18

For 50 years, the Land & Water Conservation Fund has funded efforts to protect key habitats, provide fishing access sites, family fishing ponds and city parks around the United States. That law expired on Sept. 30, and despite desperate midnight negotiations, was not reauthorized by the Senate last night...

Rainbow Trout Stocked in Three Eastern Nebraska Lakes
Posted on: 12/20/18

Additional rainbow trout have been stocked by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission in three eastern Nebraska lakes to enhance winter fishing opportunities. Standing Bear Lake in Omaha was stocked with 7,500 trout on Dec. 17. Holmes Lake in...