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Tips for Catching Mid-Summer Bass
Posted by TBC Press on: 07/22/20
Because he’s from Louisiana, Bassmaster Elite angler Tyler Rivet has adapted to fishing in the heat. When the summer sun is bearing down on largemouths, fish locate cover that’s thick on the surface and swim underneath it, where the water’s cooler and more comfortable. This is when anglers need to turn to a technique called punching. When you’re looking to pick a fight with a bass through the thick stuff, consider Rivet’s tips from Outdoor Life. These tricks will not only help you get bit, but also help you get that fish to the boat once it is hooked...

State Directory for FREE Fishing Days in 2020
Posted on: 02/14/2020
These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a license. Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day. National Fishing and Boating Week -- June 6-14th . Check out the next free fishing days in your state...

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Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, there could be limitations for OUT of STATE fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts to include a 14-day quarantine requirement or negative COVID-19 testing alternative.. Please check with the State's Department of Natural Resources BEFORE you travel.

As our country opens up again, states are doing their best to reopen parks, fishing, hunting and other outdoor actitivies to the public, HOWEVER it is YOU that must follow the guidelines set by These guidelines include; social distancing, the Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy. These guidelines are also good to practice even after the threat of COVID-19 is gone.

South Carolina 2020 Shellfish Season Opens Oct 1st
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/25/20

The 2020-2021 season for recreational harvest of shellfish (clams and oysters) in coastal waters of South Carolina is set to open one-half hour before official sunrise on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The recreational shellfish season will remain open through May 15, 2021, unless conditions warrant extending or shortening the season. In the event of another hurricane, major rain event, or...

CDFW Reopens Nine Areas Closed Due to Fire Conditions
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The California CDFW has reopened nine properties that were previously closed due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions. The reopened properties are Butte Valley Wildlife Area in Siskiyou County, Heenan Lake Wildlife Area in Alpine County, and By Day Creek Ecological Reserve and Pickel Meadow, West Walker River, Green Creek, East Walker River, Cartago, and Burcham & Wheeler Flats wildlife areas all in Mono County. All other fire-related closures...

CPW Cancels Voluntary Fishing Closures for Southwest Colorado
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has lifted voluntary fishing closures on some southwest Colorado rivers that were implemented in mid-August. Waters in the streams have cooled down and anglers can fish again throughout the day. We want to thank those who honored the voluntary closures, said John Alves, senior aquatic biologist for CPW’s Southwest Region. The rivers that were subject to the voluntary closures were...

Iowa Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Two Oxbows along the Missouri River
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

The Iowa DNR has relaxed the fishing regulations at Upper Decatur/Tieville Bend and Louisville Bend in Monona County. Low water levels in the Missouri River have trapped fish in these areas and water levels are continuing to drop. Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Upper Decatur/Tieville Bend and Louisville Bend, with the exception of Threatened or Endangered Species. Any number of fishing poles or...

ODNR has Great News for Lake Erie Walleye & Perch Anglers
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/22/20

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. The 2020 walleye and yellow perch hatches are both above average and continue an exceptional era of fish production in the western basin of Lake Erie. This year’s hatch combined with the exceptional 2015, 2018, and 2019 year-classes ensures...

Iowa Fishing Regulations Relaxed at Spring Lake in Cherokee County
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/10/20

The Iowa DNR will relax the fishing regulations at Spring Lake at Koser Spring Lake Park starting Sept. 12 to allow anglers to more freely harvest fish before the lake is renovated this fall to eliminate carp. Spring Lake has flooded numerous times in the past several years and brought an influx of rough fish species, including the invasive silver carp. Liberalized fishing regulations for Spring Lake will be in effect from Sept. 12 through Oct. 4. Specific regulation changes include...

South Dakota Finalizes New Fishing Regulations
Posted by TBC Press on: 09/08/20

The South Dakota GFP Commission voted to change four rules regarding waters in South Dakota. The commission voted to allow the spearing of gamefish from the Nebraska/South Dakota border at the point where the river becomes entirely in South Dakota, upstream to the Ft. Randall Dam from May 1 – March 31. This would align the current gamefish spearfishing season dates below other Missouri River dams. Statewide, the hours for spearfishing game fish will...