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  • Striped bass populations to be at their highest in 14 years

    Striped bass populations to be at their highest in 14 years

    Biologists from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries office in Wichita Falls recently completed electrofishing and gillnet surveys on Possum Kingdom Reservoir, finding striped bass populations to be at their highest in 14 years.

  • Reservoir Drawdown Fish Salvage Info

    Reservoir Drawdown Fish Salvage Info

    Stagecoach Reservoir will be drawn down this fall for the construction of a new boat launch facility. In addition, the fishery will be renovated and a public salvage will be allowed.

  • New Share with Wildlife program license plate features a Rio Grande cutthroat trout

    New Share with Wildlife program license plate features a Rio Grande cutthroat trout

    Since 1981 the Share with Wildlife program has funded wildlife research, habitat enhancement, education and rehabilitation projects around the state. Many of these projects benefit nongame species in need of conservation.

  • Our IndustryThreatened from California's Prop 65

    Our IndustryThreatened from California's Prop 65

    California’s Proposition 65 labeling requirements pose a significant threat to our industry and your business, regardless if you intend to sell product in California or not.

  • McCloud River Redband Rescue and Recovery

    McCloud River Redband Rescue and Recovery

    The true, pure strain McCloud River redband trout were hit especially hard by the California drought. The creeks that hold pure strain McCloud redband are disconnected from the mainstem McCloud River. These small creeks well up from springs and only flow for a mile or two before going sub-surface again. Due to the nature of the habitats and how they swell with the spring runoff then dry up and become disconnected in the summer, there is always some level of mortality on a few of these creeks. However, in 2013, DFW biologists noticed conditions were reaching critical levels for fish in a large portion of the available habitat. In late summer, dissolved oxygen levels were getting low and temperatures were rising. In the winter, the small creeks are subject to freezing if the water levels and flow are too low. After careful consideration, the hard decision was made to bring some of these fish into captivity to reduce mortality and potentially lose important meta populations in the wild.

  • Public Health Hazard Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery at East End of Santa Cruz Island

    Public Health Hazard Closes Commercial Spiny Lobster Fishery at East End of Santa Cruz Island

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Director Charlton H. Bonham has enacted a commercial spiny lobster fishery closure effective immediately.

  • Anchovy Likely to Help Salmon, Whales, Pelicans

    Anchovy Likely to Help Salmon, Whales, Pelicans

    In the summer of 2016, an unexpected surge of northern anchovy appeared in the Lower Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon, attracting humpback whales, brown pelicans, and other wildlife that depend upon tiny forage fish for their survival. The arrival of anchovies in the ecologically rich Columbia River estuary also drew commercial seine boats, which landed approximately 5,600 metric tons of this crucial forage fish in less than four months.

  • Official state fish, Guadalupe bass, has been restored to Texas River

    Official state fish, Guadalupe bass, has been restored to Texas River

    The official state fish, Guadalupe bass, has been restored to the South Llano River. To celebrate, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the Llano River Watershed Alliance and Bass Pro Shops are partnering on a prize giveaway program.

  • Economic Impact Numbers for Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series

    Economic Impact Numbers for Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series

    In 2014, the Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) embarked on a new venture designed to attract amateur anglers from across the southeastern United States to fish the waters of Alabama. The Tournament Series, in three short years, has exceeded expectations, creating a significant economic impact on host cities and the state of Alabama. The Alabama Bass Trail is pleased to announce the 2017 Tournament Series generated an estimated economic impact on the Alabama economy of $3,113,066.04.

  • Game and Fish Officer Arrests Robbery/Murder Suspect

    Game and Fish Officer Arrests Robbery/Murder Suspect

    A keen eye and experience came together for Sgt. Jay Thomas, a wildlife officer with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, in Sunday's apprehension of a robbery suspect in Brinkley who has been linked to a murder committed Sunday morning in Forrest City.

  • Healthy Population Growth Shown by Striped Bass Survey

    Healthy Population Growth Shown by Striped Bass Survey

    Annual Young-of-Year Survey Tracks Spawning of State FishResults of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources 2017 young-of-year striped bass survey in the Chesapeake Bay shows the fish is reproducing in strong numbers. The annual survey's index is 13.2 fish, above the 64-year average of 11.7.

  • New App for Self Report of Red Tide Algae

    New App for Self Report of Red Tide Algae

    Smartphone users can now download a new app to self-report impacts of Florida red tide algae (Karenia brevis), thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory's project to engage citizen scientists along Florida's Gulf of Mexico coast.

  • Hagfish Day | CDFW

    Hagfish Day | CDFW

    Also known as slime eels, hagfish are rather unattractive creatures that have remained basically unchanged since the Paleozoic era. Slime glands on each side of the hagfish’s body produce a protein-based secretion that combines with water to make a thick “goo”

  • Statewide Trout Stockings Still Underway

    Statewide Trout Stockings Still Underway

    Now is the time for some great fall fishing! Just in time for fall, catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across Nebraska. Make the most of this beautiful weather and get outside for some fishing.

  • New Regulations as California Lobster Season Opens

    New Regulations as California Lobster Season Opens

    The popular recreational California spiny lobster fishing season opened on Saturday, September 30. CDFW reminds divers and hoop netters of new regulations that will be in effect for the 2017-18 season.

  • New Zealand Mudsnails Found in California | Carmel River

    New Zealand Mudsnails Found in California | Carmel River

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails in Monterey County’s Carmel River.

  • Silverado Fisheries Base trout and salmon being raised in the fire zones have survived

    Silverado Fisheries Base trout and salmon being raised in the fire zones have survived

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife We’re thankful for any piece of good news to emerge out of the Napa and Sonoma fires:

  • San Joaquin farmers willing to pay for the Delta tunnels

    San Joaquin farmers willing to pay for the Delta tunnels

    A bloc of San Joaquin farmers tentatively endorsed the Delta tunnels project Thursday, becoming the first significant agricultural group to support the struggling plan.

  • Oregon DFW Offers Fish Cleaning Tips

    Oregon DFW Offers Fish Cleaning Tips

    A quick guide to cleaning and storing the fish you catch. Cleaning a fish Many anglers like to simply clean the fish and cook it whole. This works best for fish that have no or very small scales such as trout.Your catch should be cleaned and gutted as soon as possible. Fish are slippery and knives are sharp – be careful!

  • Year-Round Sales of Higher Ehanol Blends E15 Bill is Defeated

    Year-Round Sales of Higher Ehanol Blends E15 Bill is Defeated

    MMA saw a win for the recreational boating industry last week as a bill that would have allowed for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol was defeated and won't get a vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this year. This is good news for the industry and follows countless meetings and discussions NMMA had with with key Senate offices to ensure they knew of the damaging impacts of E15 on marine engines. NMMA also activated the industry's grassroots platform, Boating United, resulting in thousands of boaters throughout the country adding their voice to the issue.