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  • Modern Fish Act Continued Momentum

    Modern Fish Act Continued Momentum

    Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill aimed at improving federal marine fisheries management. This is great news for the recreational fishing industry, because H.R. 200 includes the language from the Modern Fish Act.

  • Fish Farms Exposure Has Higher Rate of Infections for Salmon

    Fish Farms Exposure Has Higher Rate of Infections for Salmon

    Wild salmon exposed to open-net fish farms are much more likely to be infected with piscine reovirus (PRV) than those that don't have that contact, a new study has concluded.

  • 5 Seasons of Success for the TrophyCatch program

    5 Seasons of Success for the TrophyCatch program

    Sixteen Hall of Fame anglers were recognized for their catch and release of a largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or heavier.

  • Satlwater Anglers Benefit from Landmark Legislation That Advances in U.S. House

    Satlwater Anglers Benefit from Landmark Legislation That Advances in U.S. House

    The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen. A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community endorsed H.R. 200 and highlighted the importance of incorporating saltwater recreational fishing management provisions into the nation’s primary law governing federal fisheries management.

  • Colorado Biologists Survey Fish in Arkansas River

    Colorado Biologists Survey Fish in Arkansas River

    Temperatures were below freezing and winds were gusting to 40 mph when aquatic biologists from Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Southeast Region set out on the Arkansas River, and in it, to conduct their annual fish survey early Monday, Dec. 4.

  • Non Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks Fishing to Open

    Non Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks Fishing to Open

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the commercial fishing season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2018. Federal waters will also open in the Gulf of Mexico at this time.

  • Anglers urged to keep lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir

    Anglers urged to keep lake trout at Flaming Gorge Reservoir

    Currently, the popular reservoir in northeastern Utah—known for producing some of the largest lake trout in the country—has too many small lake trout in it. The abundant small lake trout are competing with kokanee salmon and rainbow trout for food. Because there isn't enough food to go around, the rate at which the lake trout are growing is in decline. And, the number of kokanee salmon and rainbow trout in the reservoir is declining too.

  • Fishing leader blames Mexican environmental officials for his arrest

    Fishing leader blames Mexican environmental officials for his arrest

    Three days after his release from federal custody, a Baja California fishing leader on Wednesday accused Mexico’s environmental ministry, Semarnat, of orchestrating his arrest.

  • Closure of California Recreational Abalone Fishery for 2018

    Closure of California Recreational Abalone Fishery for 2018

    The California Fish and Game Commission yesterday voted to close the 2018 northern California recreational abalone fishery due to ongoing environmental conditions that have significantly impacted the abalone resource. The closure affects next year’s recreational abalone season, which was scheduled to open on April 1, 2018.

  • An Attack on Recreational Fishing

    An Attack on Recreational Fishing

    Recreational fishing under attack? “We get blamed for a lot of what the commercial guys have caused.”

  • Agents cited two fishermen for alleged commercial fishing violations

    Agents cited two fishermen for alleged commercial fishing violations

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two mullet fishermen on Dec. 4 for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

  • CA WaterFix Industry Day Scheduled, Despite Audit Findings and Lack of Finance Plan

    CA WaterFix Industry Day Scheduled, Despite Audit Findings and Lack of Finance Plan

    Despite no detailed financial plan, cost-benefit analysis, and unsavory findings in both federal and state audit reports, CA WaterFix proponents have planned an “Industry Day,” for potential contractors and clients.

  • Seeking Nuisance Alligator Trappers

    Seeking Nuisance Alligator Trappers

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in Duval County.

  • West Coast Salmon Fishery Threatened Further

    West Coast Salmon Fishery Threatened Further

    The health and sustainability of Pacific salmon are essential to both the West Coast recreational and commercial fishing industries, as well as the local communities and jobs that depend on them.

  • Reservoir releases push river levels higher

    Reservoir releases push river levels higher

    Flows from New Hogan Lake on the Calaveras upstream of Stockton were holding steady about 50 cubic feet per second before climbing to more than 2,600 cfs earlier this week.

  • Winter Fungal Disease of Fish and Fish Eggs

    Winter Fungal Disease of Fish and Fish Eggs

    As the weather cools, and many outdoors enthusiasts begin to put away their boats for winter, some are cashing in on the solitude and lower fishing pressure on their favorite lake. But as their catch rates increase, so do their chances of catching some fish that may be a bit unsightly. Many anglers send in photos to fisheries biologists and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Facebook page this time of year with bass or crappie that look like they've got a bad case of acne.

  • Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects CDFW

    Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Environmental Improvement and Acquisition Projects CDFW

    At its Nov. 30 quarterly meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $2.6 million in grants to help restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat throughout California. Some of the 12 approved projects will benefit fish and wildlife—including some endangered species—while others will provide public access to important natural resources. Several projects will also demonstrate the importance of protecting working landscapes that integrate economic, social and environmental stewardship practices beneficial to the environment, landowners and the local community. The state funds for all these projects come from bond measures approved by voters to help preserve and protect California’s natural resources. Funded projects include:

  • Stocking one million largemouth bass in Lake Apopka

    Stocking one million largemouth bass in Lake Apopka

    What: Photo and interview opportunity When: Thursday, Nov. 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. Where: The event will take place at the Winter Garden Boat ramp next to Tanner Hall (29 W. Garden Ave., Winter Garden)

  • Millions For Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

    Millions For Chesapeake Bay Restoration Projects

    Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund Focuses on Water Quality; Local Governments and Nonprofits Encouraged to Submit Letters by Jan. 19

  • American Sportfishing Association Adds Advocacy Section to Website

    American Sportfishing Association Adds Advocacy Section to Website

    We added a new section to the ASA website to help you advocate for recreational fishing. The new platform provides you with a quick, effortless way to speak out on key issues. Since recreational fishing generates more than $115 billion in economic output and more than 828,000 jobs, you can count on the politicians who represent us to pay close attention when we make our voices heard.