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Egg-Fly Tricks to Catch More Steelhead
Posted on: 02/21/19
Take the guesswork out of egg-fly selection to catch more steelheead on Great Lakes tributaries from Minnesota to New York. The chromers that run the Great Lakes tributaries from Minnesota to New York peel as much line and jump as high as their Pacific kin. For many flyfishermen, the ultimate thrill is getting one to hit a streamer on the swing. These tips will help you tighten up your egg arsenal for any Great Lakes trip...

Strategies for Catching More Winter Wahoo
Posted on: 02/21/19
Frequent fronts often make the postcardlike conditions in these locations disappear. So why visit when strong sea legs are a requirement? Because any Southern captain will tell you that wahoo go on a feeding tear during the less-than-ideal winter conditions that aren’t for the average tourist. Three top captains will show you the way to trophy ’hoos...

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Maryland Striped Bass Trophy Season Opens April 20
Posted on: 04/17/19

The Maryland DNR announced that the state’s trophy striped bass season will begin April 20 and last through May 15. Anglers may catch one striped bass per day, with a minimum size of 35 inches, in the Chesapeake Bay from Brewerton Channel to the Virginia state line, excluding all bays, sounds, tributaries, creeks and rivers, except Tangier Sound and ...

Minnesota DNR Confirms Invasive Silver Carp Caught in St. Croix River
Posted on: 04/17/19

The Minnesota DNR has confirmed the capture of a silver carp on the St. Croix River. The invasive carp was caught by a commercial fisher near Prescott, Wisconsin, during routine spring netting. Captures of individual invasive carp are disappointing but not surprising, said DNR invasive fish coordinator Nick Frohnauer. This silver carp was captured in an area that is...

Michigan 2019 Lake Trout Possession Limit Changed on Grand Traverse Bay
Posted on: 04/15/19

Michigan anglers fishing for lake trout in the waters of Grand Traverse Bay this year need to be aware of a new regulation now in effect. The Commission recently acted to reduce the daily possession limit of lake trout in these waters from two fish to one. The lake trout season for the waters of the Management Unit MM-4 (covering the ports of Elk Rapids, Traverse City and Northport) runs Jan. 1 through Sept. 30. The previous daily possession limit was...

New Hampshire 2019 Trout Season Opens April 27
Posted on: 04/15/19

You can fish in many of New Hampshire’s managed trout ponds starting on the fourth Saturday in April, and this year’s opening day is April 27. These waters include designated trout ponds, fly-fishing-only ponds, and those managed under the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Wild Trout Program. Ponds managed under wild trout regulations are open only through...

Utah's Cutthroat Slam Enters 3rd Year
Posted on: 04/15/19

Anglers across Utah and the country have embraced a program called The Utah Cutthroat Slam created by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Trout Unlimited since 2016. Utah is home to four cutthroat trout species. The goal of the Slam is to catch each of the four native Utah cutthroat trout–Bonneville, Colorado River, Bear River and Yellowstone. There is no...

Oregon 2019 Spring Chinook Season Opens April 15 on Hood River
Posted on: 04/11/19
ODFW has set regulations for a spring Chinook fishery on the Hood River: Open for adult hatchery Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls. The catch limit is...

States Approve Additional Springer Fishing for Chinook on lower Columbia
Posted on: 04/11/19

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington added two days, Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, to the lower Columbia spring Chinook fishery. The open area remains unchanged from earlier this season, which is the Columbia River mainstem from the Warrior Rock deadline upstream to Beacon Rock, for both boat and bank angling, plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. The adult daily bag limit is...

Minnesota Stream Trout Fishing Opens Statewide on April 13
Posted on: 04/10/19
Minnesota’s popular warm weather stream trout season opens Saturday, April 13, with quality fishing opportunities in every region of the state. Brook trout and splake fishing also opens on Lake Superior and its tributary streams that have no posted boundaries. Minnesota has roughly 3,800 miles of designated trout streams. Anglers fishing on designated trout waters must have...

SE Alaska Sets 2019 Chinook Salmon All Gear Harvest Limit
Posted on: 04/08/19

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced that the preseason Chinook salmon all-gear harvest limit for Southeast Alaska (SEAK) in 2019 is 137,500 fish. This year's all-gear harvest limit includes a 2% reduction that will serve as a buffer to avoid exceeding the all-gear limit and payback provisions within the Pacific Salmon Treaty. In addition...

Snowbird Boaters Must Get Inspection before Returning to Montana
Posted on: 04/08/19

Montana Boaters anxious to get on the water after a long, cold winter are reminded to ensure their watercraft are Clean, Drained and Dry to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Snowbirds must seek out a watercraft inspection when returning to Montana for the summer, even if their boat has been inspected in another state. Many lakes and reservoirs in southern states are mussel-positive waters. Aquatic invasive species, such as...