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Delay in California 2020 Recreational Ocean Salmon Opener
Posted on: 04/02/20

California’s recreational ocean salmon fishery will be delayed statewide through the month of April, despite plans made earlier this year for the fishery to open in some locations as early as this Saturday, April 4. Delaying the opener of the fishery will reduce impacts to stocks of concern and provide more fishing opportunity later in the summer months than would otherwise be possible. The April delay negates the opening dates previously scheduled for...

Colorado Warns of False Posts Regarding COVID-19 Effects on Outdoor Recreation in the State
Posted on: 04/02/20
Colorado (CPW) is receiving an influx of calls and reports of false social media posts and even robocalls claiming that hunting and fishing seasons are canceled, that valid licenses are no longer required to hunt and fish, or that park fees have been rescinded due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These reports are false, and appear to have increased based on today being April Fool’s Day. Do not share your...

How to Make a Great DIY Turkey Call from a Pill Bottle
Posted on: 04/02/20

Turkeys are some of the hardest wild game to hunt. Sometimes it takes a different kind of turkey call to lure them in. Hunters are always looking for new and sometimes off-the-wall ways to attract game. Here is one of those things: A turkey call from a pill bottle. All you need are a few simple items and 15 minutes to make something those gobblers have never heard before.There is also a HOW to VIDEO...

Iowa 2020 Walleye Regulations in Effect and Include Entire Mississippi River
Posted on: 04/02/20

Based on overwhelming support received during public meetings in March, Iowa DNR is extending current length limits in Mississippi River Pools 12-20 to now include the entire Mississippi River in Iowa as of April 1st, 2020. This change will reflect regulation changes in Minnesota and Wisconsin waters of Pools 9-12. The entire Iowa/Wisconsin and Iowa/Illinois Mississippi River boundary waters will now have uniform walleye regulations posted at access areas...

Iowa 2020 Fishing, Hunting Regulations NOT Affected by COVID-19
Posted on: 04/02/20

As of this writing April 2, 2020, Iowa's hunting and fishing regulations are not affected by the current COVID-19 health emergency in Iowa. Despite rumors on social media channels, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has no plans to eliminate seasons, relax regulations or change license prices. Fishing and hunting regulations exist to protect human safety as well as wildlife populations over...

Delaware Emergency Order Places Restrictions on Surf Fishing and Out of State Visitors
Posted on: 04/01/20
Under a New Emergency Order, Delaware state parks and wildlife areas remain open but now with additional restrictions for residents and visitors. Under the latest directive, anyone who enters Delaware from another state must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. The order applies to individuals who would like to fish, hunt or intended to visit state parks and wildlife areas, including the state’s golf courses. Surf fishing under the emergency order will only be allowed with the following restrictions...

Oregon to Close Chinook, Steelhead Fishing April 16 on Umatilla River
Posted on: 04/01/20

The Oregon spring Chinook season originally scheduled to open April 16 is cancelled, and steelhead fishing is also closing April 16 on the Umatilla River.The closure will be in effect from the Hwy 730 bridge to the CTUIR reservation boundary (approximately 0.7 miles above Hwy 11 bridge). Returns to Threemile Dam are predicted to be approximately 50 percent of the needed return number to...

SCDNR's State Lakes Closing in Response to Governor's Executive Order
Posted on: 04/01/20

The South Carolina DNR State Lakes are closing immediately to comply with Governor McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-16 relating to COVID-19. SCDNR’s State Lakes offer fishing access to the public in areas where public fishing is often not easily available. A list and map of the 16 lakes is available online. SCDNR staff are currently in the process of posting closed signs on...