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  • Potential Fish Kills Due to Cold

    Potential Fish Kills Due to Cold

    As an arctic blast continues to move across the state, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries would like to warn the public of potential fish kills throughout coastal Louisiana as a result of freezing water temperatures.

  • Even NorCal's Wettest Winter Wasn't Enough to Help the Delta Smelt Drop to a Record Low

    Even NorCal's Wettest Winter Wasn't Enough to Help the Delta Smelt Drop to a Record Low

    Even Northern California’s wettest winter wasn’t enough to help the poor Delta smelt avoid dropping to another record low in 2017.

  • Year-Round Texas ShareLunker Program Debuts New Website and App

    Year-Round Texas ShareLunker Program Debuts New Website and App

    With the launch of the new year-round participation season Jan. 1, the Toyota ShareLunker Program is debuting a new website and mobile app to facilitate entries and provide anglers with news and updates.

  • Last Teener of 2017

    Last Teener of 2017

    Todd Beaty caught a largemouth bass from Chickamauga Lake that weighed 14.53 pounds - just 11 ounces shy of the current state record largemouth

  • Man Charged with Selling Fish Via Social Media

    Man Charged with Selling Fish Via Social Media

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Plaquemines Parish man for allegedly selling fish illegally via social media on Dec. 19.

  • As fish disappear, Trump administration seeks to pump more California water south

    As fish disappear, Trump administration seeks to pump more California water south

    The Trump administration, teeing up a fight with California regulators, is trying to pump more water through the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the southern half of the state despite fresh evidence of the estuary’s shrinking fish population.

  • New Recreational/Commercial Shark Fishing Requirements for 2018

    New Recreational/Commercial Shark Fishing Requirements for 2018

    NOAA Fisheries reminds Highly Migratory Species (HMS) vessels that the remaining new recreational and commercial measures implementing Amendment 5b to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) become effective January 1, 2018. Amendment 5b implemented a range of management measures to end overfishing and rebuild overfished dusky sharks. Other measures for Amendment 5b became effective June 5, 2017. For more details on all of these measures, and to view the associated outreach materials, please refer to the Amendment 5b website:

  • Dorado | IGFA World Record Flashback

    Dorado | IGFA World Record Flashback

    International Game Fish Association World Record Flashback 20 years ago today Trish Werking set the women’s 3 kg (6 lb) line class world record for dolphinfish with this 24.72-kilogram (54-pound 8-ounce) fish that she caught on December 28, 1997 while fishing out of the famed Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama.

  • CDFW January 2018 | California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

    CDFW January 2018 | California Department of Fish and Wildlife Calendar

    Guided Wildlife Tours at Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, 3207 Rutherford Road, Gridley (95948), 12:30 p.m. The 90-minute walking tour covers slightly more than a half-mile through this premier birding spot that highlights migratory waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. Tours are cancelled in the event of heavy rain. No reservations are necessary for groups of fewer than 20 people. This land is part of the CDFW Lands Pass Program and its associated fee-for-use requirement. For more information on the Lands Pass Program, please visit www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/lands-pass. For more information on the tours, please call (530) 846-7505 or email lori.dieter@wildlife.ca.gov.

  • Potential World Record Catch by 14-Year-Old

    Potential World Record Catch by 14-Year-Old

    David Delph - age 14 - potentially set the new Male Junior world record for red grouper with this 8.16-kilogram (18-pound) fish that he caught on December 4th

  • California Trout Plants Increase Holiday Fishing Opportunities

    California Trout Plants Increase Holiday Fishing Opportunities

    The winter holidays are a great time for families and individuals to enjoy recreational trout fishing, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) trout hatcheries plan to provide plenty of opportunities for anglers of all ages over the next two weeks. Specific plants of catchable trout are scheduled at 79 waters in 25 counties between now and Jan. 5.

  • Less Than 500 Left | Right Whale Extinction Possible

    Less Than 500 Left | Right Whale Extinction Possible

    The review released in October paints a grim picture for the survival of one of the world's most majestic and endangered species – there are by all reputable accounts fewer than 500 of them left on the planet.

  • CDFW announced 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season.

    CDFW announced 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season.

    The Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has announced a final 15-day delay for the northern California commercial Dungeness crab season. Crab condition improved from the last round of pre-season quality testing conducted on Dec. 19. However, crab had not reached the minimum meat recovery criteria as established by the Tri-State Dungeness Crab Committee testing protocol.

  • Coral reef degradation bad for fisheries long-term

    Coral reef degradation bad for fisheries long-term

    The degradation of coral reefs might have short-term benefits for some fish groups, but would be bad for fisheries long-term, according to a University of Queensland-led study.

  • These are the farmers that do not think twice about over pumping the Delta

    These are the farmers that do not think twice about over pumping the Delta

    These are the farmers that do not think twice about over pumping the Delta, but like our ED mentions in the story, the Delta Tunnels project is not a smart business decision for anyone in California. Read viaThe Sacramento Bee: bit.ly/2oIQd72

  • Stocking California’s Fisheries

    Stocking California’s Fisheries

    The beginning of trout fishing season in Southern California is just around the corner, and  biologists and hatchery staff are striving to maximize hatchery trout availability for the many anglers who will cast lines in coming weeks. Trout angling in lower-elevation waters of Southern California generally begins in November and continues through April, to correspond with colder water temperatures that can sustain stocked trout.

  • Certification for New State Record Lake Trout

    Certification for New State Record Lake Trout

    A new Ohio record Lake Trout has been certified by the Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee.

  • Incentive Trout Stocking this January

    Incentive Trout Stocking this January

    The annual "Incentive" trout stocking will take place during the week of Jan. 8-13. The incentive trout stocking is comprised of larger-than-normal trout. Average-size trout are 10-13 inches in length and .75 pounds per fish. The incentive fish are typically more than 13 inches in length and average around one pound.

  • 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.