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  • State Fish & Wildlife Agencies Detailed License Buying Trends

    State Fish & Wildlife Agencies Detailed License Buying Trends

    State wildlife agencies, like Fortune 100 businesses, must have accurate information and up-to-date data to succeed. Understanding license buying trends or confirming the success or failure of marketing efforts requires accurate and timely insights. However, agencies often lack the resources of Fortune 100 companies.

  • Three Rivers Now Open to Gamefish Harvest

    Three Rivers Now Open to Gamefish Harvest

    Action: Opens the Snohomish River, the Skykomish River and the Wallace River to fishing for gamefish beginning Oct. 22. Extends the coho fisheries on these three rivers through Nov. 30.

  • California Salmon/Steelhead Recovery Plan

    California Salmon/Steelhead Recovery Plan

    Millions of wild salmon and steelhead once returned to California's north and central coastal watersheds. Development over the last 100 years and the conversion of forestlands to urban and agricultural use led to the decline of these populations. From 1997 to 2000, California Coastal Chinook salmon, Northern California steelhead, and Central California Coast steelhead were listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as species threatened with extinction.

  • Fourth Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Nearly Met, Catch Will Be Subject to Size Restriction

    Fourth Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Nearly Met, Catch Will Be Subject to Size Restriction

    North coast anglers are about to meet their seasonal salmon quota in another popular spot, triggering new restrictions on the Trinity River fishery. Monitoring efforts show that anglers above Cedar Flat on the Trinity River will have caught their quota of 183 adult fall-run Chinook, 22 inches or longer, by sundown on Friday, Oct. 21. After the quota is met, anglers will still be able to fish in this area but must release any Chinook longer than 22 inches.

  • New Report Urges Modernization in Federal Fisheries Management

    New Report Urges Modernization in Federal Fisheries Management

    The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), along with the nation's leading fishing conservation organizations and trades associations, today released a landmark series of recommendations for the incoming Administration and the new Congress that strive to balance improving access to public waters, creating economic growth, and enhancing the conservation of marine fish stocks. The guidance for federal policy-makers in A Vision for Marine Fisheries Management in the 21st Century: Priorities for a New Administration calls for an end to antiquated federal policies that have inhibited a vital source of economic growth and a proud American tradition.

  • BRP/Evinrude Water Research Excellence Fellowships Awarded

    BRP/Evinrude Water Research Excellence Fellowships Awarded

    BRP announced today that its Evinrude brand, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, has awarded the first two BRP/Evinrude Water Research Excellence Fellowships. The $5,000 fellowships were given to Brennan Dow and Christopher Suchocki to support their tuition at the school. The fellowships are highly competitive and are awarded to students conducting outstanding research that will help protect and preserve the world's fragile water resources. Dow's research focuses on ecosystem improvement through detailed local underwater mapping, while Suchocki is researching new ways to rehabilitate natural fisheries by reducing the pressures on wild fish populations.

  • Colorado Fall Trout Fishing

    Colorado Fall Trout Fishing

    by Jeff Florence For sportsmen, fall means opening day and stalking elk through the Colorado back country. The decrease in anglers (and football on the tube) generally lead to less crowds, but just because there are fewer people fishing, the fish are still there for the taking!

  • California: Meeting Set for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposals

    California: Meeting Set for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposals

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Watershed Restoration Grants Branch will hold a public meeting to discuss its Draft Fisheries Habitat Restoration 2017 Proposal Solicitation Notice (FHR 2017 PSN). TheDraft FHR 2017 PSN includes focuses for the Fisheries Restoration Grant Program, the Steelhead Report and Restoration Card Program, the Forest Land Anadromous Restoration Program and the Commercial Salmon Stamp Program.

  • Wild West Bass Trail 2017 Rules Book

    Wild West Bass Trail 2017 Rules Book

    Wild West Bass Trail 2017 Rules Book

  • New NOAA Fisheries Guidelines Should Improve Federal Marine Fisheries Management

    New NOAA Fisheries Guidelines Should Improve Federal Marine Fisheries Management

    The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) today applauded NOAA Fisheries for updating and improving the guidelines it and the regional fishery management councils use for developing fishery management plans for the nation’s federal marine fisheries. The final revisions to National Standard 1 and related guidelines of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) address several challenges that have arisen in marine fisheries management over the last decade due to requirements in the law and the agency’s interpretation of them.

  • Action Alert: Protect Salmon, Dump the Current Drought Bills!

    Action Alert: Protect Salmon, Dump the Current Drought Bills!

    Congress is considering two bills, H.R. 2898 (Valadao) and S. 2533 (Feinstein), that are supposed to relieve the effects of the drought for all Californians, but that really direct water away from where salmon need it most.

  • Red Snapper Season Now Open Friday-Sunday

    Red Snapper Season Now Open Friday-Sunday

    LDWF to Open Fall Red Snapper Season in State Waters The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, at its regularly scheduled October meeting, took action allowing recreational anglers to harvest additional red snapper in state waters beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, October 7, 2016, during weekends only. Weekends are restricted to Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.

  • Environmental DNA Used to Track Fish

    Environmental DNA Used to Track Fish

    Dr. Shaun Clements, research scientist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, tests the waters of the upper Deschutes River for environmental DNA. Scientists are now able to use eDNA to tell what species are present in aquatic populations. This technology will help reduce the cost of fish monitoring and provide an early warning if invasive species are present. (ODFW photo)

  • Privately-operated fish hatchery on Au Sable River inspected for invasive species

    Privately-operated fish hatchery on Au Sable River inspected for invasive species

    Last week, the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development jointly inspected the Grayling Fish Hatchery located on the East Branch of the Au Sable River in Crawford County.

  • CDFW Awards $9.4 Million to Fund Additional Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration Projects

    CDFW Awards $9.4 Million to Fund Additional Ecosystem and Watershed Restoration Projects

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of five additional projects to receive approximately $9.4 million in grants through its fiscal year 2015-16 Watershed Restoration Grant Program cycle. These awards were made following an augmentation of funding from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) in the 2016-17 Budget Act.

  • $16 Billion Delta Tunnels May Hit Taxpayers

    $16 Billion Delta Tunnels May Hit Taxpayers

    In case you missed it... KCET (Southern California) $16 Billion Delta Tunnels May Hit Taxpayers By Chris Clarke

  • Third Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Met, Catch Now Subject to Size Restriction

    Third Klamath Salmon Fishing Quota Met, Catch Now Subject to Size Restriction

    Anglers are about to meet their annual quota for salmon at another popular Klamath River fishing spot, triggering new restrictions on the fishery for the remainder of the year.

  • Westernbass Magazine, Fall 2016

    Westernbass Magazine, Fall 2016

    Hi All, As I begin to write this message for the fall issue, I once again am amazed that another season has passed so quickly. Once again, it has been eventful for us in the bass fishing world. We have another WON Bass U.S. Open winner to congratulate as Johnny Johnson recently became the newest fishermen to join the ranks of the prestigious family of champions. Looking back we also have other fishing memories and battles to celebrate including the 15th annual Snag Proof Open, the Don Lee Memorial tournament and the Delta limits victory. As this goes to press, we await two of the biggest western TOC’s of the year with WWBT’s Lucas Oil Western Classic and BBT’s Tournament of Champions with $20K guaranteed cash for the winning team on the line. I look forward to watching for the outcomes of both of these events and the other TOC’s and specialty events like the River2Sea Open that will soon be blasting off. We once again want to thank all of you for tuning in to WesternBass and for supporting our sponsors which make the site, the magazine and this forum possible. Wayne

  • Deepwater Horizon Spill Affected Part of Bluefin Spawning Habitat

    Deepwater Horizon Spill Affected Part of Bluefin Spawning Habitat

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted the Western Atlantic bluefin tuna's spawning habitat, including the shelf and slope waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico, a new study confirms.

  • CDFW to Begin Reintroductions of Rare Rescued Trout to McCloud River Tributaries

    CDFW to Begin Reintroductions of Rare Rescued Trout to McCloud River Tributaries

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) Northern Region Inland Fisheries Program and Heritage and Wild Trout Program staff will soon reintroduce a small population of rare rescued trout to their native waters in the McCloud River in Shasta County.