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State Directory for FREE Fishing Days in 2020
Posted on: 02/14/2019
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...

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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Missouri 2020 Catch-and-Keep Trout Fishing Opens March 1st
Posted on: 02/17/20

March 1 marks the annual opening of catch-and-keep trout fishing in Missouri at the state’s four trout parks: Bennett Spring State Park near Lebanon, Montauk State Park near Licking, Roaring River State Park near Cassville, and Maramec Spring Park near St. James. The catch-and-keep season at the trout parks runs through Oct. 31. New this year...

States Agree on Allocations for 2020 Columbia River Salmon Fisheries
Posted on: 02/17/20

The directors of the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife recently reached an agreement this week on allocations and gear types for Columbia River salmon fisheries in 2020. Under the 2020 plan, 75 percent of the spring Chinook would be allocated to recreational anglers – a 5 percent increase from...

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Decline in Arkansas Hunting/Fishing Licenses Could Hurt Conservation
Posted on: 02/15/20
A continued decline in hunting and angling has Commissioners and staff at the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission concerned that the funding for natural resource management is in jeopardy. In the last five years, Arkansas fishing/hunting license sales have declined. The decline has much more far-reaching effects than dollars lost through license sales. The current North American model of wildlife management depends upon hunters and anglers to provide...

Colorado Now has Whirling Disease Resistant Rainbow Trout
Posted on: 02/15/20

Now, after more than 20 years of study, frustration, experimentation and dogged persistence by CPW’s aquatic researchers, whirling-disease resistant rainbows are now thriving in the wild. The agency is collecting their spawn, enabling hatcheries to propagate millions of fish that will be distributed to rivers and streams throughout the state. Thanks to ...

Maryland 2020 Spring Trophy Striped Bass Season Begins May 1 -- New Regulations Reminder
Posted on: 02/15/20

Maryland 2020 spring trophy striped bass season will be delayed until May 1. Limits are one fish per person at a 35-inch minimum. These rules will be in effect until May 16. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced new striped bass conservation measures for the Spring 2020 fishing season to meet a coast-wide conservation target...

Iowa Ice Fishing Shelters Must be Removed by Feb 20
Posted on: 02/13/20

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...

States to Close Sturgeon Seasons in Bonneville, The Dalles Pools
Posted on: 02/13/20

Two recreational white sturgeon fisheries in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam will close during the upcoming week under rules adopted recently by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington while a third remains open until its harvest guideline is met. Retention sturgeon fishing will close in Bonneville Pool and adjacent tributaries effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14 and in The Dalles Pool and adjacent tributaries effective...

West Texas Lake Produces First Toyota ShareLunker Legacy Class Bass Entry of 2020
Posted on: 02/11/20

Just days after being blanketed in snow, West Texas lake Alan Henry Reservoir produced the first Legacy Class largemouth bass entry of the 2020 Toyota ShareLunker season Feb. 9. Angler Blake Cockrell of Lubbock caught the 14.36 pound, 26.25 inch largemouth bass on a crankbait in 5-10 feet of water while targeting spotted bass on the lake. When I put my hands on her to lift her out of the water and land her in the boat, I was in disbelief, Cockrell said. I said out loud...

Wisconsin Approves 10-Year Trout Management Plan
Posted on: 02/11/20

The Wisconsin DNR recently approved its first statewide trout management plan. The plan provides direction for inland trout management in Wisconsin and will be in effect from 2020 to 2029. The plan covers Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Lake Trout in inland lakes, ponds and streams of Wisconsin, including...