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Trout Anglers; Never Overlook Old-School Trout Flies
Posted on: 03/03/2020
Evolution is a slow process. We tend to believe that the trout swimming in our rivers now are smarter than the ones that were swimming there 25 or even 100 years ago, but the truth is they’ll eat the same flies they did back then. Thanks to modern synthetic materials and flashy new patterns, a lot of the old stuff has lost its rightful place in fly boxes. But....

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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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.

Alabama Announces Closure of Red Snapper Season for Private Anglers
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/29/20

After completing a review of the first 20 days of the proposed 2020 private angler red snapper season, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) anticipates the quota for the private angler red snapper season will be met on Friday, July 3, 2020. Therefore, Alabama waters will close to private angler and state-licensed charter red snapper fishing effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020. In addition...

California 2020 Chinook Salmon Recreational Season to Open July 1st
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/29/20

The California 2020 spring Chinook salmon fishery on the lower Klamath River (downstream of the Highway 96 bridge at Weitchpec) and Trinity River (upstream of the confluence of the South Fork Trinity River) will open July 1 and run through Aug. 14 on the Klamath River and through Aug. 31 on the Trinity River. The daily bag limit has been set to one Chinook salmon (no size restrictions), and the possession limit set at two Chinook salmon. The fall Chinook salmon fishery in the Klamath River will open...

Idaho Angler Lands New Catch-and-Release Record Cutthroat Trout
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/29/20

Congratulations to Tom Weadick of Coeur d'Alene on a landing a new catch-and-release state record Westslope cutthroat trout. Weadick caught the 21-inch cutthroat while flyfishing the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River on June 19. Hoping to catch a large trout, Tom came prepared with a tape measure and camera and captured the moment to document the catch. The previous record of 19.5 inches held by Dwaine Hasenoehrl has stood since...

Oregon Adds More Openings to Central Coast 2020 Spring All-Depth Halibut
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/25/20

Two additional openings have been added to Oregon’s Central Coast Subarea, increasing anglers’ opportunity to harvest the quota for the spring all-depth halibut fishery. July 16-18 and July 30-August 1 were added, making a total of eight openings for this popular fishery. The Central Coast Subarea includes ports from Port Orford to Garibaldi. Remaining openings are...

South Dakota Habitat Stamp Requirement in Effect July 1
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/25/20

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department (GFP) is reminding outdoor enthusiasts the habitat stamp requirement goes into effect July 1. The habitat stamp was created by the 2020 South Dakota legislature. A habitat stamp is required for anyone 18 years of age or older when purchasing or applying for a hunting, fishing or furbearer license. The annual fee for the habitat stamp is $10 for residents and $25 for nonresidents. A habitat stamp is not required for...

New Florida Fishing Regulations for Biscayne National Park Effective July 1
Posted by TBC Press on: 06/23/20

Several regulatory changes aimed at achieving fishery management goals in Biscayne National Park go into effect starting July 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will return in five years to provide an update on monitoring and progress toward management goals and to evaluate the effectiveness of these changes. Changes effective July 1, 2020, include: Increasing the minimum size limit for...