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  • Tribes could kill Columbia River sea lions under new bill

    Tribes could kill Columbia River sea lions under new bill

    Bonneville Dam creates a barrier for fish in the Columbia River, making it a lucrative feeding ground for the sea lions. Because many of the salmon they eat are endangered, it also creates a dilemma for fish and wildlife managers.

  • Poor Ocean Conditions Impact Salmon Forecast

    Poor Ocean Conditions Impact Salmon Forecast

    Commercial and sport anglers received mixed news today regarding the status of Sacramento River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook – California’s two largest Chinook salmon populations. While adult returns of both stocks were well below minimum escapement goals in 2017, and projected abundance for both stocks is modest compared to historic averages, state and federal fishery scientists reported an increase in the number of jacks (two-year-old Chinook) that returned to spawn in 2017. Higher jack returns, as seen in 2017, can indicate the potential for increased abundance of adult (three years old or older) Chinook for 2018 fisheries.

  • 200,000 Hatchery-Raised Salmon into American River to Stave Off Extinction

    200,000 Hatchery-Raised Salmon into American River to Stave Off Extinction

    Seeking to stave off the extinction of a storied species, state and federal wildlife officials are releasing 200,000 hatchery-raised salmon into a restored High Sierra creek where once-magnificent winter runs were wiped out over the past century.

  • Sea Lion Relocation Unsuccessful for Saving Willamette Steelhead

    Sea Lion Relocation Unsuccessful for Saving Willamette Steelhead

    A California sea lion that has frequented Willamette Falls on the Willamette River since 2009 to dine on salmon and steelhead was relocated Feb. 7 to a beach south of Newport, Ore. Three days later, he was back at Willamette Falls, hungry for more fish after a return journey involving a 200-mile swim. Another sea lion--relocated a day later--was back in six days.

  • State Fish Art Contest for Students Ends March 31

    State Fish Art Contest for Students Ends March 31

    The State-Fish Art Contest, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, uses art to ignite kid's imagination while teaching them about fish and fishing. Students across the United States and around the world have the opportunity to win awards and national recognition while learning about a state-fish species, its behaviors, aquatic habitat and conservation.

  • FREE Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Workshops

    FREE Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Workshops

    The California State Parks' Division of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Prime White Bass Run Expected

    Prime White Bass Run Expected

    For Texas anglers and fisheries biologists alike, heavy rainfall early in the year signals the beginning of a very exciting event – the annual white bass spring spawning run upstream from reservoirs into rivers and creeks. With ample moisture currently falling across the state, anglers could see schools of the popular sport fish concentrating in their local fishing holes very soon.

  • Great white shark, 16-foot, 3,000-pound, reeled in by sport fisherman

    Great white shark, 16-foot, 3,000-pound, reeled in by sport fisherman

    A giant great white shark was caught off the coast of Hilton Head Island last week, WSAV reports.

  • Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

    Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

    Deadline to submit nominations is April 30.The Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation is soliciting nominations for this year’s inductees into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

  • As of March 1, Nimbus Basin on the lower American River will permanently close to all fishing

    As of March 1, Nimbus Basin on the lower American River will permanently close to all fishing

    The Nimbus Basin on the lower American River will permanently close to all fishing as of March 1, 2018, as per fishing regulations amended by the Fish and Game Commission in December 2017.

  • SoCal water agency could vote soon on whether to bankroll Delta tunnels

    SoCal water agency could vote soon on whether to bankroll Delta tunnels

    Facing pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown, Southern California’s largest water agency could vote as soon as April on whether to take a majority stake in the twin-tunnels project Brown plans for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

  • So, I Wrote a Letter to Jeep About Their Ad . . . .

    So, I Wrote a Letter to Jeep About Their Ad . . . .

    By Chris Wood, President, Trout Unlimited So, I wrote a letter to Jeep. They ran an ad in the Super Bowl called The Road, that showed a Jeep running up the center of what looked like a stream. My eight year old son turned to me after it ran, and said “Dad, isn’t that really bad for the stream?”

  • S.C. Conservation Projects and CCA Supported by Shimano

    S.C. Conservation Projects and CCA Supported by Shimano

    Sinking commercial vessels such as the Miss Candance pictured here - is part of the efforts to create better near shore fishing opportunities for South Carolina anglers. Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina will allocated part of the Shimano funding to future projects up and down the South Carolina coast.

  • How a Scientist Counted the Fish in a Huge Marine Reserve in Just 8 Days

    How a Scientist Counted the Fish in a Huge Marine Reserve in Just 8 Days

    Sound not vision: Hydroacoustics allowed a single researcher to survey the fish population of a 17,600-acre preserve in Mexico in days. The technology could help small island states that are creating big marine protected areas but lack the resources to monitor them.

  • Fishermen rescued big striped bass trapped in small lake

    Fishermen rescued big striped bass trapped in small lake

    A group of fishermen were able to rescue several striped bass that somehow became trapped in a landlocked lake.

  • 3,000 pound great white shark proves too much for 2-man fishing crew

    3,000 pound great white shark proves too much for 2-man fishing crew

    A two-man crew fishing caught a 10-foot-long great white shark Monday that proved to be just a warmup for a “behemoth” that took the bait moments later.

  • Calif licensed anglers fall by half ... More on Friday's bill to outlaw lead fishing weights

    Calif licensed anglers fall by half ... More on Friday's bill to outlaw lead fishing weights

    There is no science that justifies banning fishing weights found in nearly every California angler's tackle box,

  • Goldfish make alcohol to survive harsh winters beneath frozen lakes

    Goldfish make alcohol to survive harsh winters beneath frozen lakes

    Scientists have uncovered the secret behind a goldfish's remarkable ability to produce alcohol as a way of surviving harsh winters beneath frozen lakes.

  • AB 2787 The Fishing Tackle Ban

    AB 2787 The Fishing Tackle Ban

    Learn More at California Sportfishing League On February 16, 2018,  Assembly Member Bill Quirk introduced Assembly Bill 2787, legislation that will ban lead fishing weights that can be found in most every California angler’s tackle box. Making fishing too costly and less accessible will have a devastating impact on the state’s tourism industry and communities dependent on outdoor recreation for tax revenue and jobs.

  • Update on Spawn and Pre Spawn Activiy in Arizona Fisheries | AZGFD Tip of the Week

    Update on Spawn and Pre Spawn Activiy in Arizona Fisheries | AZGFD Tip of the Week

    Arizona Fish and Game TIP OF THE WEEK Bass tend to spawn earlier at western Arizona impoundments such as Lake Havasuand Alamo Lake than at the rest of the state because these large, solunar bowls warm up early and quickly.