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How to Build a Fly Rod Holder Roof Rack Out of PVC
Posted on: 05/22/19
Fly rods can be challenging to transport. When broken down, four-piece rods take up almost no space. But when assembled, the typical nine-foot length makes stashing them in your vehicle nearly impossible. Here’s a better option: If your vehicle’s roof is equipped with crossbars, you can outfit it with a holder made of common PVC tube. You can build this holder for about $30.To build this rod holder, you’ll need...

State Directory of FREE Fishing Days for 2019
Posted on: 05/16/19
These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a license. Check out the next free fishing days in your state. Please note that the individual states may place certain restrictions and other regulations may apply, so be sure to contact your state fish and wildlife agency for specific state regulations. STATE'S FREE FISHING DAYS for 2019 are...

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Missouri Angler Breaks 32-year Hybrid Bass Record
Posted on: 06/10/19

The MDC announces that Cesar Rodriguez of Carthage is now the state record-holder for hybrid striped bass after catching a 21-pound, 11-ounce fish at Lake of the Ozarks May 19. Rodriguez used the pole-and-line method. Though the fish breaks Missouri’s previous hybrid striped bass record of a 20-pound, 8-ounce fish, set in 1986 at the Lake of the Ozarks, Rodriguez wasn’t...

Arkansas Big Buzz Bass Fishing Tournament June 15 on Lake Maumelle
Posted on: 06/07/19

The fourth annual Big Buzz Bass tournament presented by Bradford Marine and ATV will be held June 15 on Lake Maumelle in Arkansas. This year’s tournament features more than $6,000 in prizes, including $3,000 for the winning team or angler. Entry fee is $100 per boat, which may include up to two anglers. The tournament will take place from...

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FWC Issues Executive Order Suspending Harvest and Possession of Shoal Bass
Posted on: 06/07/19

The Florida (FWC) issued an executive order on June 5, suspending the harvest and possession of shoal bass from the Chipola River and its tributaries effective immediately until the order is repealed. Anglers are still permitted to catch and immediately release shoal bass. The shoal bass population in the Chipola River and its tributaries has potentially been affected due to...

DNREC to Conduct Water-Quality Dye Test to Evaluate Bay Oyster Beds
Posted on: 06/06/19

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Delaware Shellfish Program and Kent County Levy Court will conduct a week-long water quality study starting June 10 in the Murderkill River and Delaware Bay to evaluate the bay’s oyster beds. The study calls for applications of the red dye Rhodamine WT, which is...

Florida Recreational Red Snapper Season Opens June 11 in Gulf State, Federal Waters
Posted on: 06/06/19

The Florida recreational red snapper season will start June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 12, closing July 13. Anglers fishing from private recreational boats will need to sign up as a Gulf Reef Fish Angler to target red snapper and several other reef fish in Gulf state and federal waters (excluding Monroe County), even if they are exempt from fishing license requirements. Sign up as...

Hawaii 2019 Rainbow Trout Season Opens June 15 on Kaua‘i
Posted on: 06/05/19

Open season for Hawaii rainbow trout will begin June 15, 2019 in the Kōke‘e Public Fishing Area (PFA) on Kaua‘i. Anglers may fish daily from June 15 to September 30, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trout are found in streams and ditch systems within the PFA, but fishing success has been poor there due to discontinuation of stream stocking some years ago. Over 95% of the catch now occurs from the Puʻu Lua Reservoir, where anglers have...

North Dakota Walleye Tagging Studies at Sakakawea, Alkaline
Posted on: 06/05/19
North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel recently tagged approximately 3,000 walleyes in Lake Sakakawea - 1,000 each in the upper, middle and lower regions of the lake. Anglers who catch a tagged fish are encouraged to treat the fish like any other. Whether keeping or releasing the fish, anglers are asked to report tagged fish at the Game and Fish website. If the fish is released, anglers are reminded not to remove the tag. In addition...

Colorado Places Bounty on Northern Pike Caught at Kenney Reservoir and Others
Posted on: 06/03/19

The presence of illegal northern pike has prompted CPW and others to initiate an angler harvest incentive (bounty) targeting all northern pike found within the District’s boundaries. Beginning June 1 and continuing through Nov. 30, licensed anglers can earn $20 for each northern pike caught and removed from Kenney Reservoir, the White River and other waters, from approximately Stedman Mesa to the Utah border. In addition...

Oregon Allowing Barbed Hooks for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout Fishing in the Columbia River
Posted on: 06/03/19

ODFW recently adopted temporary rules to allow anglers to use barbed hooks when fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout in the Columbia River beginning Saturday, June 1. ODFW adopted the rule so Oregon’s fishing regulations will remain concurrent with Washington in the jointly-managed Columbia River. The temporary rule will remain in effect until further notice or until it expires in...