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Why Fisherman Should Have a Livewell Pump
Posted on: 10/23/18

Fishing livewells are increasingly popular for a couple of reasons. For fishermen who use live bait, having a livewell pretty much the best way to keep that bait alive until you need it. Another huge market for livewells is bass tournament fishing. Because tournament fishing encourages...

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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Washington Steelhead Fishing to Remain Open in the Snake River
Posted on: 11/16/18

Steelhead fishing on the Snake River and tributaries will remain open in Washington despite a statewide steelhead fishery closure next month in neighboring Idaho, fishery managers with the WDFW said. The Snake River serves as a shared boundary water between Idaho and Washington from Clarkston upstream to the Oregon border. This stretch of the Snake River will...

Oregon Reopens Portions of Siletz River for Chinook Fishing
Posted on: 11/10/18

Effective Saturday, Nov. 10, the section of the Siletz River from the mouth upstream to the ODFW marker located 1,200 feet above the Ojalla Bridge is open to Chinook angling through Dec. 31. ;The river upstream of...

Kansas 2018 Trout Season Opens November 1
Posted on: 11/09/18

The wait is almost over for Kansas trout anglers eagerly waiting for the Nov. 1 opening day of the trout season, and more than 30 waters around the state will be stocked with rainbow trout before the opener. However, stockings will be delayed a week at...

Minnesota Winter Anglers Allowed 1 Walleye from Lake Mille Lacs Starting Dec 1
Posted on: 11/09/18

Minnesota winter anglers on Lake Mille Lacs will again enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the third season in a row, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Saturday, Dec. 1, with no bait restrictions and...

California Reopens Klamath River Upstream of Interstate 5 to Chinook Salmon Fishing
Posted on: 10/29/18

The California (CDFW) Iron Gate Hatchery has determined that the take of 8,000 fall Chinook Salmon at the hatchery triggers the reopening of the recreational Chinook Salmon fishery Oct 29, 2018 between Interstate 5, near Hornbrook, and 3,500 feet below the hatchery. Recreational anglers will be able to harvest two Chinook Salmon, but no more than...

California 2018 Recreational Dungeness Crab Fishery Delayed in State Waters
Posted on: 10/26/18

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has enacted a delay to the opening of the recreational Dungeness crab fishery in part northern California. The recreational fishery for Dungeness crab will open for remaining areas on Saturday, Nov. 3. The recreational closure includes state waters from...

Texas Oyster Season Opens Nov. 1 with Multiple Closings
Posted on: 10/26/18

The Texas commercial and recreational oyster season opens Nov. 1, 2018 and closes April 30, 2019. However, nine areas will remain closed despite the opening of the season. These closings are based on samples collected by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters...

Minnesota 2018 Whitefish, Tullibee Sport-Netting Opens Nov 1st
Posted on: 10/25/18

Dates have been set for recreational netting for whitefish and tullibee (cisco) on Shagawa, Bear Island and Ojibway lakes in the Tower fisheries work area, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. These lakes are Schedule I Lakes, which are more susceptible to...

South Dakota Approves 2019 Fishing Regulation Changes
Posted on: 10/22/18

The South Dakota GFP Commission recently approved several changes to the 2019 fishing regulations. The commission removed fish possession limits at an angler’s permanent residence, liberalized fishing regulations, removed the closed fishing seasons for game fish on Minnesota/South Dakota border waters. The Commission also made several changes to...

Minnesota Angler Sets First Catch-and-Release Record for Northern Pike
Posted on: 10/23/18

A 43 1/2 inch pike caught by a member of the Women Anglers of Minnesota on Mille Lacs Lake sets the first northern pike state record in the Department of Natural Resources’ catch-and-release category. Angler Maddy Ogg caught and released the huge pike Oct. 6 during what she described as a cold and windy day of fishing. She and companions...

Oregon Recreational Crabbing Closes from Cape Blanco to California
Posted on: 10/22/18

Oregon Department of Agriculture and ODFW announce the immediate closure of recreational and commercial crabbing from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. Crab harvesting from Cape Blanco to the Columbia River remains open in...

WDFW Approves 4-day Razor Clam Dig beginning Oct 25
Posted on: 10/22/18

Washington razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a four-day opening beginning Oct. 25. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides...