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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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Minnesota Anglers Allowed One Walleye from Mille Lacs Lake Starting Dec 1
Posted on: 11/08/19

Winter anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will enjoy a walleye harvest this winter for the fourth season in a row, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Similar to last season, anglers will be allowed to keep walleye on Mille Lacs starting Sunday, Dec. 1, with a limit of one walleye between 21-23 inches, or one fish over 28 inches. We expect...

Apply for Arkansas 2020 Trophy Alligator Gar Permit Through Dec 31
Posted on: 11/05/19
Arkansas anglers interested in hooking into a trophy of truly epic size can apply for a 2020 Alligator Gar Trophy tag from November 1 through December 31. 100 Alligator Gar Trophy tags for the 2020 season will be issued. Applications are available under the “Fishing License” section of the AGFC’s online license system. Anyone may fish for alligator gar on a catch-and-release basis with an Alligator Gar Permit (AGP), but a trophy tag (AGT) is required to keep an Alligator Gar longer than...

California 2019 Recreational Dungeness Crab & North Coast All-Depth Recreational Fishing Seasons Open
Posted on: 11/05/19
California 2019 recreational statewide sport season for Dungeness crab opened Saturday, Nov. 2. the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising anglers not to consume the viscera of crab caught in two coastal areas due to the presence of domoic acid. CDFW also has a new recreational fishing opportunity for groundfish north of Point Arena (38° 57.5’ N. lat.) from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019...

Georgia Anglers Can Receive Free Short Leaders as Redfish Season GearsUp
Posted on: 11/05/19

The Georgia DNR is reminding anglers they can participate in the FishSmart Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Project. This innovative project is an evolution in sportfishing and enhances anglers' long-established role as conservationists. To raise awareness of this new initiative, interested anglers can receive FREE short leader rigs by...

Maryland Ocean City Angler Catches Record Gray Triggerfish
Posted on: 11/05/19

Ocean City resident Mike Glyphis set a new Maryland state record for gray triggerfish. Glyphis caught the 5.6-pound fish Oct. 30 while fishing 16 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean. Glyphis said at first he thought his line was snagged on debris. But after a few tugs on his line, he says “the thing took off.” After a few minutes of fighting the fish, the veteran angler...

Arkansas First-ever Crappie Expo in Hot Springs October 4-6
Posted on: 09/26/19

Get hooked on fishing and learn from some of the best in the crappie-fishing world at the inaugural Mr. Crappie Invitational and Crappie Expo in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Oct. 4-6. One hundred of America’s top crappie-fishing teams have been invited to compete for $100,000 on Lake Hamilton, one of the most popular boating and angling destinations in Arkansas. On Friday through...

California 2019 Recreational Spiny Lobster Season Opens Sept 28
Posted on: 09/26/19

Thousands of lobster divers and hoop netters are eagerly awaiting the start of the sport season for California’s spiny lobster, which opens at 6 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28 and continues through March 18, 2020. Spiny lobster taken must measure at least 3 1/4 inches in length and are measured in a straight line on the midline of the back from the rear edge of the eye socket to the rear edge of the body shell. The daily bag and possession limit is...

States Close Columbia Salmon, Steelhead Seasons
Posted on: 09/26/19

Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington announced that recreational salmon and steelhead fishing will close effective 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 for the mainstem Columbia River from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Highway 395 near Pasco, Wash. The closure remains in effect through Oct. 31 downstream of...

Oregon Emergency Regulations for the Illinois River Begin October 1st
Posted on: 09/24/19

All Oregon angling in the Illinois River between $8 Bridge/Green Bridge and Pomeroy Dam is closed October 1 – November 30 to address public concern over illegal snagging of wild fall Chinook salmon. Chinook reach the Illinois Valley in October and November when the river is often at low flow, making these fish visible and susceptible to illegal snagging. River flow has been...