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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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Applications for the New Jersey 2019 SBBP are Now Available - Permits not valid until Sept 1
Posted on: 07/19/19

Applications for the New Jersey 2019 SBBP are now available. The 2019 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) is currently closed and will reopen September 1, 2019. Permits issued for 2018 are not valid in 2019. The 2019 SBBP permits are not valid until September 1, 2019. All 2018 permit holders must reapply to receive a 2019 permit. The number of permits issued will be...

Oregon Proposed Regulation Change for Recreational Crab Gear
Posted on: 07/19/19

Oregon recreational crabbers can learn about a proposed regulation change for recreational crabbing gear and provide their input at an upcoming public meeting hosted by ODFW on July 24 from 7 -8 p.m. in the Hennings Auditorium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport. The proposed regulation would require recreational crabbers to...

Oregon Sets Temporary 2019 Wild Fall Chinook Salmon Seasons for Coastal Rivers
Posted on: 07/17/19

For the second year in a row, fishing for wild fall Chinook salmon in Oregon will be restricted in coastal rivers, due to poor escapement in 2018 and poor forecasted returns this year. Most of these temporary regulations will be in effect from Aug. 1-Dec. 31, though a few don’t start until Sept. 16 or Oct. 1. Bag limits vary by basin, and a few rivers and creeks will be closed entirely, due to...

Florida 2019 Spiny Lobster Season Opens July 24
Posted on: 07/16/19

The Florida 2019 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational mini-season July 24 and 25, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31, 2020. Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Learn more about bag limits, size limits, where to harvest and...

Ohio Fishing Just Got Easier with the Fishing Tips by Species Guide
Posted on: 07/12/19

There are fish to be caught all year round in Ohio if you know where to go, how to fish, and what to pursue. The steelhead run in February or March is unbeatable, but good luck catching one in the heat of summer. Come May, the muskie fishing is as good as it gets if you cast across spawning coves. You can catch...

Oregon to Close Razor Clamming on Clatsop Beaches July 15-Sept 30
Posted on: 07/12/19

The annual Oregon summer conservation closure for razor clams begins Monday, July 15 and runs through Sept. 30 on Clatsop beaches (from Tillamook Head in Seaside to the mouth of the Columbia River). Clatsop beaches are the most productive razor clam beaches in the state, accounting for more than 90 percent of total harvest. Harvest for razor clams continues to be open on...

Texas 2019 Gulf Shrimp Season to Open July 15
Posted on: 07/12/19

The Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season for both Texas state and federal waters will open 30 minutes after sunset Monday, July 15, 2019. The opening date is based on an evaluation of the biological, social and economic information to maximize the benefits to the industry and the public. Federal waters (from 9 to 200 nautical miles offshore) will...

Illinois Offering Black Carp Bounty Available to All Anglers
Posted on: 07/11/19
The Illinois DNR is encouraging all fishers in the region to report and turn in any specimens of invasive black carp that they capture. The IDNR offers a $100 bounty for each black carp harvested by commercial fishers and all sport anglers/bow-fishers. The bounty is available to captures within Illinois and also the surrounding region, based on the need for biological information, which may include the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. What to do if you capture a black carp...