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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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Oregon Denies Petition to Prohibit Wild Winter Steelhead Retention in the SW Zone
Posted on: 01/22/20

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission denied a petition to prohibit the retention of wild winter steelhead in rivers throughout the SW Zone via temporary rule in a split vote (4-2). The Commission heard from more than 50 people who signed up to testify for and against the petition. ODFW staff had recommended Commissioners deny this petition as staff do not have a conservation concern for wild winter steelhead on...

Most Alabama Public Fishing Lakes Reopen in February
Posted on: 01/21/20

February 1 marks the beginning of fishing season for 22 of Alabama’s 23 State-owned Public Fishing Lakes. Located throughout the state, these lakes are noted for their quality fishing for bream, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and crappie (in most lakes). Because these smaller lakes warm more quickly than larger bodies of water, early spring fishing can be excellent. Washington County Public Fishing Lake remains closed while...

Colorado Warns Anglers of Purchasing Bogus Licenses on Fraudulent Websites
Posted on: 01/21/20
After being alerted to a fraudulent website claiming to sell Colorado fishing licenses, CPW urges people to be wary of 3rd party sites offering deals on CPW products. CPW’s online shop and hundreds of license sales agents across the state are the easiest, most secure and best-priced methods of purchasing fishing licenses. There is no guarantee that licenses purchased through 3rd party sites will be legitimate products recognized by CPW or that they will ever be delivered to the purchaser. Additionally...

West Virginia Anglers Catch Record Grass Carp, Blue Catfish
Posted on: 01/21/20

The state length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken earlier in January by two West Virginia anglers, the Division of Natural Resources announced recently. Zachary Adkins of Cabins caught a 53.1-inch, 59-pound grass carp at Warden Lake in Hardy County on Jan. 3. Justin Conner of Culloden caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on the Ohio River in Mason County on Jan. 11. Anglers used....

Wisconsin Issues PFAS Fish Advisory For Starkweather Creek & Lake Monona
Posted on: 01/21/20

Based on fish tissue data, the Wisconsin DNR and the Department of Health Services (DHS) are recommending PFAS-based fish consumption advisories for Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona in Dane County. Recent sampling by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shows elevated PFOS in fish tissue and surface water in those waterways. The revised consumption guidelines for fish from Starkweather Creek and Lake Monona are...

Oregon Recreational Razor Clamming Opens on North Coast
Posted on: 01/20/20

The Oregon ODA and the Oregon ODFW announce the opening of razor clam harvesting on the north Oregon coast. Recreational and commercial razor clam harvesting is now open from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside). Recent samples taken from the area indicate the marine biotoxin domoic acid has dropped below the closure limit. However, recreational and commercial razor clam harvesting remains closed from...