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Tips to Catch Giant Pike When the Summer Heat is On
Posted on: 07/03/19
One of the best things about northern pike is that they’re willing players practically 365 days a year. Drop a shiner through the ice and it’ll get nailed. Work a spinnerbait around a rocky point in fall and it’ll get crushed. It’s the summer months that can be the most challenging for the pike hunter. To score that goliath now, you need to understand...

Three Top Lures for Catching Monster Brown Trout at Night
Posted on: 07/03/19
Wild trout are incredibly susceptible to angling pressure, which is why some of the best-known trout fisheries in the country can get really slow by midsummer. The fish have seen it all, and they’ve gotten smarter and more selective during daylight hours. Between that daytime pressure and the warmer water temperatures, many big browns hunker down until the sun goes away. And when that happens, fishermen go away. That’s when you show up and score. Here’s how...

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Enjoy 2019 National Hunting & Fishing Day Sept 28th
Posted on: 09/27/19

Each year National Hunting and Fishing Day on the fourth Saturday in September recognizes the conservationist and preservationist found in those who hunt and fish across the country. For those who enjoy hunting and fishing, doing so responsibly is important. Following safety guidelines keeps them and others safe. Follow posted guidelines and hunt within the season. Check with your state fish & game department on...

Arkansas First-ever Crappie Expo in Hot Springs October 4-6
Posted on: 09/26/19

Get hooked on fishing and learn from some of the best in the crappie-fishing world at the inaugural Mr. Crappie Invitational and Crappie Expo in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Oct. 4-6. One hundred of America’s top crappie-fishing teams have been invited to compete for $100,000 on Lake Hamilton, one of the most popular boating and angling destinations in Arkansas. On Friday through...

California 2019 Recreational Spiny Lobster Season Opens Sept 28
Posted on: 09/26/19

Thousands of lobster divers and hoop netters are eagerly awaiting the start of the sport season for California’s spiny lobster, which opens at 6 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 and continues through March 18, 2020. Spiny lobster taken must measure at least 3 1/4 inches in length and are measured in a straight line on the midline of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell. The daily bag and possession limit is...

States Close Columbia Salmon, Steelhead Seasons
Posted on: 09/26/19

Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington announced that recreational salmon and steelhead fishing will close effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 for the mainstem Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Highway 395 near Pasco, Wash. The closure remains in effect through Oct. 31 downstream of...

Oregon Emergency Regulations for the Illinois River Begin October 1st
Posted on: 09/24/19

All Oregon angling in the Illinois River between $8 Bridge/Green Bridge and Pomeroy Dam is closed October 1 – November 30 to address public concern over illegal snagging of wild fall Chinook salmon. Chinook reach the Illinois Valley in October and November when the river is often at low flow, making these fish visible and susceptible to illegal snagging. River flow has been...

North Carolina Delayed 2019 Harvest Trout Waters Open Oct 1
Posted on: 09/23/19

The N.C. WRC will implement Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations on 36 trout waters in 20 western North Carolina counties on Oct. 1. Under Delayed Harvest Trout Waters regulations, no trout can be harvested or possessed from these waters between Oct. 1 and one half-hour after sunset on June 5, 2020. No natural bait may be possessed, and anglers can fish only with artificial lures with...

Ohio Lake Erie Walleye and Yellow Perch Population Excels
Posted on: 09/23/19

Preliminary results from surveys in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate more great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. For the second straight year, Ohio’s data points to an exceptional walleye hatch, the second-highest in the history of the survey, and the yellow perch hatch was also strong, well above its long-term average. In addition...

Oregon Ocean Coho Fishing Expands to All Week on Central Coast
Posted on: 09/23/19

From Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 29, anglers can keep any legal sized salmon they catch in the ocean on the central Oregon coast after fishery managers increased the popular non-selective coho fishery to seven days a week for the final week of the fishery. The ocean non mark selective coho fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain opened Aug. 31 on a schedule of each Friday through Sunday and open for all...