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New Demand for Asian Carp Could Help Our Waterways
Posted on: 06/29/18

Carp are fun to shoot with a bow; now they're also a hot commodity–for those who know how to market them. In Two Rivers Fisheries in Kentucky it’s morbidly satisfying to watch silver carp being fed to a band saw. Especially...

Guide to National FREE Fishing Days for 2018
Posted on: 06/08/18

During National Fishing and Boating Week, most states offer free fishing days. These are days where anglers are allowed to fish on public bodies of water without a fishing license. Check out the next free fishing days in your state...

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California Recreational Pacific Halibut Fishery Ends Sept 21
Posted on: 09/18/18

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announces the recreational Pacific halibut fishery will close Friday, Sept. 21 at 11:59 p.m. for the remainder of 2018. Based on the latest catch projections, CDFW expects the 2018 California recreational quota of 30,940 pounds will have been taken by this date. California’s 2018 quota is...

Ohio Walleye & Yellow Perch Fishing in the Lake Erie Western Basin Looks Promising
Posted on: 09/18/18

Early data gathered by wildlife agencies in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The 2018 walleye hatch appears to be exceptional, the second highest in the history of the Ohio survey, and the yellow perch hatch was strong, well above its...

Hawaii State Forest & State Park Reopenings/Closures Post-Olivia
Posted on: 09/17/18

Hawaii DLNR encourages people to remain vigilant for hazards associated with wind and heavy rainfall. Please report any downed trees, or trail washouts, etc. on the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Na Ala Hele Trails website. The list of reopenings and or closures are as follows...

New York 2018 Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery Re-Opens Oct 1
Posted on: 09/17/18

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has notified State-licensed commercial fishermen that New York State's marine waters has temporarily closed commercial summer flounder (fluke) harvest and landings. The commercial summer flounder fishery will reopen on Oct. 1 as planned. In addition...

California Reminds Trinity River Anglers to Turn in Fish Tags
Posted on: 09/13/18

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is reminding Trinity River anglers to return Coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead tags in a timely manner. Tag return information is used each year to calculate harvest and help biologists estimate population size of steelhead and salmon runs. In addition...

California Closes Salmon Fishing on the Klamath River
Posted on: 09/13/18

Based upon California (CDFW) projections of the recreational fall Chinook salmon catch on the Klamath River, anglers will meet the Lower Klamath River adult fall Chinook salmon quota below the Highway 96 Bridge near Weitchpec for the 2018 season as of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. This triggers the closure of the adult Chinook salmon fishery on...

Delaware Angler Reels in New State Record Cobia
Posted on: 09/13/18

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 79-pound, 6.4-ounce cobia, caught in the Atlantic Ocean on Aug. 10 by John Burbage of Ocean View. The fish was 56½ inches long and had a girth of 28¼ inches. Burbage was fishing alone about...

Delaware Expands Recreational Black Sea Bass Season
Posted on: 09/13/18

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced today regulatory changes that expand Delaware’s recreational black sea bass fishing season. The new black sea bass season runs uninterrupted from May 15 through Dec. 31. The 12.5-inch recreational minimum size limit and...

Oregon Central Coast Opens for Two More Days of Ocean Coho
Posted on: 09/13/18

Oregon ocean waters from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will be open for more coho salmon fishing this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 14-15). This is the second open period for the 2018 non selective coho season. During the first two-day period anglers averaged more than...