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Simple Tricks to Protect Ice Fishing Gear
Posted on: 01/11/19
It’s amazing how far ice fishing tactics and gear have come in a relatively short amount of time. But even the latest and greatest tools and gear are susceptible to damage, because let’s face it—ice anglers are known to brave some of the nastiest conditions. In this article is a few simple tricks to protect ice fishing gear...

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...

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2019 North America Sportshows

The 2019 fishing venues are pouring in. Ice fishing & winter venues are also here. Whether an event is for freshwater, saltwater, open water or ice fishing, they are listed in our directory. If you want a challenge check out our USA Fishing Tournaments Directory. If you have a tournament you would like added to our directory visit Add Fishing Venue. ITS FREE !

Michigan Regulation Change Affects Smelt Fishing
Posted on: 01/16/19

If you’re fishing for smelt this year, make sure you know about a legislative change that alters how anglers can target smelt in Michigan. The previous state statute let people use any number of hooks attached to a single line, while fishing for smelt, alewife or other bait fish in the Great Lakes or recognized smelt waters. Now...

Alaska Upper Cook Inlet Sport & Commercial King Salmon Fisheries Closed - Area Subsistence Fisheries Restricted
Posted on: 01/14/19

The Alaska DF&G recently announced closures to 2019 Northern Cook Inlet (NCI) king salmon commercial and sports fisheries. Subsistence king salmon fisheries in Northern Cook Inlet will also be restricted. The department is restricting and closing king salmon fisheries to conserve weak king salmon stocks. Multiple king salmon stocks in NCI, including...

Alaska Susitna and Little Su drainages closed to King Salmon Fishing
Posted on: 01/14/19

In favor of protecting returning king salmon and ensuring fishing opportunities in the future, the Alaska (ADF&G) is implementing the following sport fishing regulation closure for the Little Susitna River drainage and Units 1-6 of the Susitna River drainage effective May 1 - July 13, 2019. King salmon fishing is closed in all waters of the Little Susitna River from...

DLNR to Reopen Four Bottomfish Restricted Areas in the Main Hawaiian Islands
Posted on: 01/14/19

The DLNR is to reopen four of twelve Bottomfish Restricted Areas (BRFAs) in the Main Hawaiian Islands. Existing regulations will remain in effect and include bottomfish vessel registration, expedited catch reporting, expedited dealer reporting, gear restrictions, commercial size limits, non-commercial bag limits, and Annual Catch Limits. The next steps in opening the BRFAs are...

LDWF White Lake WCA Fishing Lottery Applications Available for 2019
Posted on: 01/14/19

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for a lottery drawing for fishing permit access to the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) between March 15 and Aug. 15, 2019. A total of 100 permits will be issued following the lottery drawing and winning applicants will be notified of their opportunity to purchase a permit for...

WDFW Approves 5-Day Razor Clam Dig Starting Jan 17
Posted on: 01/14/19

Washington's next round of evening razor clam digs will run Jan. 17-21 at various ocean beaches, including the first opening of the season at Kalaloch. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon. The upcoming dig is approved by the WDFW on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides...

Rhode Island Acquires 58 Acres of Forestland in Hopkinton For Recreational Use
Posted on: 01/10/19

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Acquisition of 58 acres – including 1,300 feet of frontage on Blue Pond – preserves critical habitat and provides additional opportunities for hiking, fishing, and hunting within the Rockville Management Area. The management area supports habitat capable of providing for a wide variety of game wildlife including...

Michigan 2019 Black Lake Lake Sturgeon Season Set for Feb 2
Posted on: 01/09/19

One of Michigan’s most anticipated angling opportunities – the annual lake sturgeon fishing season on Black Lake in Cheboygan County – will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. The 2019 total season limit on Black Lake is seven lake sturgeon. To reduce the chance of exceeding that limit, officials will close the season if one of two scenarios occurs...

Hawaii Closes Dock at the Maunalua Bay Boat Ramp in East O‘ahu
Posted on: 01/08/19

The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has closed the public loading dock at the Maunalua Bay boat ramp in east O‘ahu. Engineers are condemning the dock due to structural failure. They report the concrete pier structure could collapse into the water. The ramp will remain open to boaters, but they are not permitted to...

States Close Sturgeon-Rentention Fishing at the Dalles Pool on the Columbia River
Posted on: 01/07/19

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced that The Dalles Pool on the Columbia River closed to sturgeon-retention fishing in at the end of day Sunday, Jan. 6. The announcement came just four days after the fishery opened Jan. 1, prompted by...

Tennessee Angler Closes out 2018 Season with Monster Blue Catfish
Posted on: 01/07/19

A woman fishing in Tennessee closed out 2018 with a bang after reeling in a giant 88-pound ‘River Monster’ catfish on Kentucky Lake. The details behind landing this Kentucky Lake river monster have not been revealed, but the TWRA confirmed the Kentucky Lake river monster was “released safely” back into the lake. Kentucky Lake is...