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Tips to Catch Giant Pike When the Summer Heat is On
Posted on: 07/03/19
One of the best things about northern pike is that they’re willing players practically 365 days a year. Drop a shiner through the ice and it’ll get nailed. Work a spinnerbait around a rocky point in fall and it’ll get crushed. It’s the summer months that can be the most challenging for the pike hunter. To score that goliath now, you need to understand...

Three Top Lures for Catching Monster Brown Trout at Night
Posted on: 07/03/19
Wild trout are incredibly susceptible to angling pressure, which is why some of the best-known trout fisheries in the country can get really slow by midsummer. The fish have seen it all, and they’ve gotten smarter and more selective during daylight hours. Between that daytime pressure and the warmer water temperatures, many big browns hunker down until the sun goes away. And when that happens, fishermen go away. That’s when you show up and score. Here’s how...

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Illinois Fall Trout Season Opens October 19 - One New Site Added
Posted on: 09/20/19
The 2019 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Saturday, Oct. 19 at 57 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. An early opportunity at select trout sites – the Fall Catch-and-Release Fishing Season – will open Oct. 5 at locations marked with an asterisk (*) in the list. No trout may be kept during the catch and release fishing period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular season beginning Oct. 19. The IDNR has added one new site for Fall Trout Fishing in 2019...

Iowa Enacts New Crayfish Harvest Regulation on Storm Lake
Posted on: 09/20/19

To help reduce the spread of rusty crayfish to other waterbodies in Iowa, licensed bait dealers can no longer harvest any crayfish species from Storm Lake. Crayfish collected for bait from Storm Lake for personal use can only be used in Storm Lake and cannot be transported live from the lake. Rusty crayfish are listed as a prohibited aquatic invasive species in Iowa. They are spreading to lakes, rivers, and streams in the Midwest, likely by...

Ohio 2019-2020 Fall Steelhead Fishing gets Underway
Posted on: 09/20/19
Ohio 2019-2020 Fall Steelhead Fishing opened Sept 1st and runs through May 15, 2020 in Lake Erie. Six Lake Erie tributaries in northeast Ohio are stocked with steelhead annually and the trout return to their ‘home’ rivers each season about this time and can offer fantastic opportunities for catching the big lake-run rainbows. Ohio's primary steelhead streams include the Vermilion, Rocky, Chagrin, Grand and Ashtabula rivers and Conneaut Creek. However, several other rivers including...

Oregon Reduce Bag Limits for Chinook Salmon in Mid and North Coast Bays
Posted on: 09/20/19
Recreational fishermen are reminded that reduced bag limits are now in effect for wild adult Chinook salmon in Oregon’s Mid and North Coast bays and streams. Recreational fishermen are limited to one adult wild Chinook per day and five adult wild Chinook in aggregate for the year under temporary rules announced in July by the Oregon DFW in response to poor Chinook returns last year and...

New Delaware State Record Blue Catfish
Posted on: 09/19/19

DNREC has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 43-inch, 47.75-pound blue catfish caught Aug. 31 on the Nanticoke River by Colt Williamson of Harrington. Williamson caught the record catfish while fishing with his father, Rexx Williamson, battling the fish for 25 minutes. The record catch was....

Maryland Oyster Season Dates, Limits Set for 2019-2020
Posted on: 09/18/19

The Maryland DNR has issued season limits for the 2019-2020 oyster harvesting season. Effective immediately, the 2019-20 season will begin October 1, 2019 with no commercial harvesting on Wednesdays, and temporary closures to wild harvesting in certain areas. Additionally, the recreational harvest will be limited to three days a week (Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only) with...