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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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Hunter education clinics, youth clinics, fishing tournaments or derbies, Outdoor Expos and more are canceled or postponed so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to attend.

      *** SOME STATE PARKS ARE OPEN ***  However due to the COVID 19 Virus, visitor centers and some facilities like bathrooms, campgrounds and boat ramps may be closed. Due to overcrowding, and Stay at Home mandates, some States are now closeing parks and fishing until further notice, so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to visit.

*** NATIONAL PARKS ***  UPDATE 04/02: Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon are now closed to all visitors. For the latest updates and information on our National Parks see the National Parks website


States are doing their best to allow parks and fishing to remain open to the public, HOWEVER it is YOU that must follow the guidelines (set by to help control the spread of COVID-19. 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.

South Carolina Re-Opening 13 Lakes to Bank Fishing Only
Posted on: 04/03/20

Thirteen of the small state lakes that are in the SCDNR‘s State Lakes program are reopening to allow bank fishing, however the need to follow the current guidelines which include social distancing apply. The boat ramps and fishing piers associated with these small impoundments will continue to be closed. The 13 small impoundments reopening to allow bank fishing are...

Last Texas Legacy Lunker of 2020 Lured in From O.H. Ivie
Posted on: 04/03/20

O-M-G is right, O.H. Ivie, about an hour east of San Angelo, has produced the fourth and final Texas Toyota ShareLunker “Legacy Class” entry over 13 pounds during the final weekend of the 2020 donation season March 29. Angler James Maupin from Cypress had scheduled a trip to Lake Amistad with his dad, but it had to be cancelled. Instead...

Delay in California 2020 Recreational Ocean Salmon Opener
Posted on: 04/02/20

California’s recreational ocean salmon fishery will be delayed statewide through the month of April, despite plans made earlier this year for the fishery to open in some locations as early as this Saturday, April 4. Delaying the opener of the fishery will reduce impacts to stocks of concern and provide more fishing opportunity later in the summer months than would otherwise be possible. The April delay negates the opening dates previously scheduled for...

Colorado Warns of False Posts Regarding COVID-19 Effects on Outdoor Recreation in the State
Posted on: 04/02/20
Colorado (CPW) is receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These reports are false, and appear to have increased based on today being April Fool’s Day. Do not share your...

Iowa 2020 Walleye Regulations in Effect and Include Entire Mississippi River
Posted on: 04/02/20

Based on overwhelming support received during public meetings in March, Iowa DNR is extending current length limits in Mississippi River Pools 12-20 to now include the entire Mississippi River in Iowa as of April 1st, 2020. This change will reflect regulation changes in Minnesota and Wisconsin waters of Pools 9-12. The entire Iowa/Wisconsin and Iowa/Illinois Mississippi River boundary waters will now have uniform walleye regulations posted at access areas...

Iowa 2020 Fishing, Hunting Regulations NOT Affected by COVID-19
Posted on: 04/02/20

As of this writing April 2, 2020, Iowa's hunting and fishing regulations are not affected by the current COVID-19 health emergency in Iowa. Despite rumors on social media channels, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has no plans to eliminate seasons, relax regulations or change license prices. Fishing and hunting regulations exist to protect human safety as well as wildlife populations over...

Delaware Emergency Order Places Restrictions on Surf Fishing and Out of State Visitors
Posted on: 04/01/20
Under a New Emergency Order, Delaware state parks and wildlife areas remain open but now with additional restrictions for residents and visitors. Under the latest directive, anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The order applies to individuals who would like to fish, hunt or intended to visit state parks and wildlife areas, including the state’s golf courses. Surf fishing under the emergency order will only be allowed with the following restrictions...

Oregon to Close Chinook, Steelhead Fishing April 16 on Umatilla River
Posted on: 04/01/20

The Oregon spring Chinook season originally scheduled to open April 16 is cancelled, and steelhead fishing is also closing April 16 on the Umatilla River.The closure will be in effect from the Hwy 730 bridge to the CTUIR reservation boundary (approximately 0.7 miles above Hwy 11 bridge). Returns to Threemile Dam are predicted to be approximately 50 percent of the needed return number to...