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  • Big Blue Cats Time

    Big Blue Cats Time

    Channel, flathead and blue catfish. Big channel catfish are usually caught in the Choctawhatchee River in late May through early July, and October into November if the water stays warm. Small cats are caught year-round, but expect the bite to slow when it is cold. Work the Alabama line south to Choctawhatchee Bay, and around the mouth of Holmes Creek and other tributaries. Most of the larger catfish are found in the northern portion of the river, but some will be found throughout the river within deep bends and holes that contain large woody debris. Fish live bream on the bottom for flatheads up to 30 pounds, and try stink baits or night crawlers on the bottom for channels.

  • Special commercial fishing season on Lake Chicot to target Asian carp

    Special commercial fishing season on Lake Chicot to target Asian carp

    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will open a special commercial fishing season on Lake Chicot to target Asian carp from Nov. 1-Dec. 31.

  • 6,000 juvenile Lake Sturgeon Released by DNR

    6,000 juvenile Lake Sturgeon Released by DNR

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and several partners released nearly 6,000 juvenile lake sturgeon into various public waters across the state this summer and fall in an effort to rehabilitate this culturally significant fish species.

  • Billfish Conservation Act Passes U.S. Senate

    Billfish Conservation Act Passes U.S. Senate

    Conservationists and anglers are applauding the U.S. Senate for passing S. 396, a bill to amend the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012. The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.); Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Joe Manchin, III (D-W.Va.), passed by a voice vote on October 2.

  • Wildlife Corridors at Yolo Bypass Will Help Animals Escape Flooding

    Wildlife Corridors at Yolo Bypass Will Help Animals Escape Flooding

    CDFW’s Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area serves two critical – but sometimes competing – needs. The 16,670 acres of riparian and agricultural habitat in Yolo County provide a refuge and an all-you-can-eat buffet for migratory waterfowl and resident wildlife to the west of Sacramento and the increasingly urbanized surrounding communities.

  • Thousands of Reef Fish Saved by Industy Effort

    Thousands of Reef Fish Saved by Industy Effort

    A cooperative effort among the recreational fishing industry, anglers and state and federal agencies has resulted in reduced mortality for thousands of red snapper and other reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic.

  • Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River will open on Monday, Oct. 9

    Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River will open on Monday, Oct. 9

    The Nimbus Hatchery Fish Ladder on the American River will open on Monday, Oct. 9 at 10:45 a.m. The ladder is opening unusually early in the season to accommodate the arrival of returning adult fall-run Chinook salmon that hatched in the Coleman National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) in Battle Creek in 2014. Eggs from fall-run Chinook salmon that stray to Nimbus Hatchery will be returned to CNFH to ensure a healthy population of these fish for commercial, recreational and ecological purposes.

  • Sea Lions Pushing Willamette Steelhead to Extinction

    Sea Lions Pushing Willamette Steelhead to Extinction

    Sea lions chomped about 20 to 25 percent of this year's winter steelhead run in the Willamette River as these adult fish tried to ascend the fish ladder at Willamette Falls.

  • IGFA Launches Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund

    IGFA Launches Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund

    Dania Beach, FLA – With strong support from founding partner Costa Sunglasses, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) today announced the creation of a Worldwide Anglers Relief Fund (WARF) designed to help speed the recovery of recreational angling communities around the world in the wake of major natural disasters.

  • Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke Announces Plans to Enhance Hunting, Fishing Access in Arizona

    Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke Announces Plans to Enhance Hunting, Fishing Access in Arizona

    On September 20, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will acquire 600 acres of land adjacent to the Santa Teresa Wilderness in Arizona to increase public access to public lands.

  • Arizona Game and Fish Commission Seeking Applications

    Arizona Game and Fish Commission Seeking Applications

    Applications sought for Arizona Game and Fish Commission Deadline for submittal is Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

  • Fire closes Frye Creek to fishing

    Fire closes Frye Creek to fishing

    Fishing trips to scenic Frye Creek, a Gila trout recovery stream located on Mt. Graham in southeast Arizona that offers rare opportunities to hook Gila trout -- one of two trout native to Arizona -- will have to be put on hold.

  • Victory for Bass Anglers For Saltwater Conservation

    Victory for Bass Anglers For Saltwater Conservation

    Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation, a grassroots advocacy effort developed by B.A.S.S., achieved a major milestone this month: Since its inception, more than 75,000 advocacy letters have been sent to Congress by anglers nationwide through its website, BassforSalt.com.

  • Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project Draft EIR Released

    Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project Draft EIR Released

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. CDFW is the lead agency for the DEIR.

  • North American Frogs Compromised by Disease

    North American Frogs Compromised by Disease

    A deadly amphibian disease called severe Perkinsea infections, or SPI, is the cause of many large-scale frog die-offs in the United States, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • Zebra Mussels found in Lake Austin, Texas

    Zebra Mussels found in Lake Austin, Texas

    Lake Austin is now classified as positive for invasive zebra mussels after biologists discovered them in the reservoir last week. Lake Austin is the third Central Texas reservoir where zebra mussels have been found this year, and the second in the Colorado River basin.

  • Today is National Hunting and Fishing Day

    Today is National Hunting and Fishing Day

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are joining to celebrate California’s long-standing outdoor heritage and the contributions made to wildlife conservation by hunters and anglers on National Hunting and Fishing Day.

  • Pyramid Lake Algal Bloom

    Pyramid Lake Algal Bloom

    Algal Bloom ‘Warning’ Advisory Affects Entire Lake

  • 25 million plus fish stocked this year already

    25 million plus fish stocked this year already

    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced the totals from its spring and summer fish stocking efforts. The DNR stocked a total of 25,470,199 fish that weighed more than 320 tons and consisted of 11 different species and one hybrid.

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville

    California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville on Saturdays beginning in November and extending through mid-January.