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

The Texas TPWD is now accepting public comment on proposed changes to freshwater fishing regulations for 2019-2020. The proposed changes include modifications to the length limits and harvest regulations for largemouth bass, Alabama bass and alligator gar in certain areas. The proposed changes t...

Posted on: 02/15/19

The Louisiana (LDWF) and the LWFF are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops this spring. The workshops are open to women over the age of 18 who are looking to learn about fishing and utilizing Louisiana’s aquatic resources. Please remember that each Women’s Fishing Workshop will be limited to...

Washington Razor Clam Digs Approved Feb 15 - 21
Posted on: 02/14/19

WDFW has approved razor clam digs starting 12:01 p.m. Feb. 15 through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019 at the following locations: Feb. 15, Friday; 3: 11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks - Feb. 16, Saturday; 4: 08 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch - Feb. 17, Sunday; 4: 59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch and...

Nebraska Archery Paddlefish Applications Accepted March 1-14
Posted on: 02/11/19

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. Mail applications must be received in Game and Parks’ Lincoln office by 5 p.m. and online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. on March 14. A nonrefundable $7 fee is...

New Mexico 2019 Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show Feb 15-17
Posted on: 02/11/19

The New Mexico 2019 Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show is Feb 15-17 at the Manuel Lujan Bldg, Albuquerque, NM.Admission to the show will be $3 for adults or free to youth under the age of 18 or anyone who hold a valid hunting, fishing or furbearer license. Venue includes: Hands-on demonstrations of the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and...

Alabama Sets 2019 Snapper Season
Posted on: 02/09/19

Alabama set its 2019 red snapper season, which is operating under the final year of an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP). The 2019 Alabama red snapper fishing season for anglers fishing from a private vessel or state-licensed guide boat will be three-day weekends (Friday-Sunday) from June 1 through July 28, 2019, including Thursday, July 4. Except for...

Florida Approves 3 Course Providers for New Airboat Operators
Posted on: 02/09/19

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has approved three providers to offer the newly required Airboat Operators Course for airboat operators carrying passengers for hire. USA Marine Training, Peace River Charters and TAC Training are the first three companies to have been approved to offer the course. Contact information for these providers...

South Carolina to Stock Thousands of Trout into Lower Saluda River
Posted on: 02/09/19

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is stocking thousands of catchable-sized rainbow trout (8 to 11 inches) and smaller brown trout (4 to 6 inches) from the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery in Oconee County into the lower Saluda River near Columbia. This process is done by trucking the trout to four locations in...

TPWD Proposed Alligator Gar Regulation Changes
Posted on: 02/09/19

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is proposing changes to fishing regulations for alligator gar, the largest and longest-lived freshwater fish in the state, to be voted on at the Commission meeting March 20 in Austin. The proposed changes are intended to help the Department conserve and prevent...

Posted on: 02/08/19

Registration is open for Iowa's 2019 spring Becoming and Outdoors Woman workshop, May 3-5, originating from the PZAZZ! Convention and Events Center, in Burlington. The cost of the workshop is $330 (single occupancy), $280 (double occupancy), and $250 (no lodging) before March 29. After March 29, registration is $300 and will not include lodging. The fee includes...

Iowa Walleye Fishing Season Closes Feb 14 on Great Lakes
Posted on: 02/08/19

The Iowa walleye fishing season on Spirit, East and West Okoboji lakes is open through Feb. 14, 2019. It will close after that date and reopen on May 4, 2019. These are the only Iowa lakes that have a closed season for walleye...

Iowa Ice fishing Shelters Must be Removed by Feb 20
Posted on: 02/08/19

Permanent ice shelters must be removed from all Iowa state-owned lands and waters by Feb. 20. Ice shelter owners are encouraged not to wait until the last minute to get their shelter off the ice. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for getting it out of the lake...