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  • Commission moves forward with considering innovative bass regulations

    Commission moves forward with considering innovative bass regulations

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) favorably reviewed draft rules that could ultimately change statewide length limits for black bass species, including eliminating many specific rules for different water bodies. The intent of the proposal is to simplify rules; allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant largemouth bass; and increase abundance of larger bass in lakes and rivers across the state.

  • USDA Announces DamWatch App to Monitor Dams

    USDA Announces DamWatch App to Monitor Dams

    WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the availability of DamWatch, a new web-based application that provides real-time monitoring of rainfall, snowmelt, stream flow and seismic events that could pose potential threats to dam safety. (Editor's Note: This could also be of considerable interest to anglers.)

  • Arizona: Trout Fishing in the Cool Pines A Refreshing Remedy for Triple-Digit Doldrums

    Arizona: Trout Fishing in the Cool Pines A Refreshing Remedy for Triple-Digit Doldrums

    PHOENIX – For desert dwellers itching to escape the triple-digit doldrums, there's a refreshing remedy – head to the cool, pine-scented high country for some of the 500,000 "farm fresh" trout that Arizona Game and Fish Department employees and volunteers stock during May and June.

  • Emergency Fishery Closure Evaluation Process Adopted; Careful Angling Can Help Prevent Closures

    Emergency Fishery Closure Evaluation Process Adopted; Careful Angling Can Help Prevent Closures

    The California Fish and Game Commission recently adopted emergency regulations that grant the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) authority to temporarily close fisheries experiencing degraded environmental conditions that may affect fish populations.

  • NOAA To Study Toxic Algal Bloom on Pacific Coast of U.S.

    NOAA To Study Toxic Algal Bloom on Pacific Coast of U.S.

    NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to join a fisheries survey along the West Coast to chart an extensive harmful algal bloom that spans much of the West Coast and has triggered numerous closures of important shellfish fisheries in Washington, Oregon and California.

  • Senate Appropriations Bill Casts Uncertainty on Conservation Funding

    Senate Appropriations Bill Casts Uncertainty on Conservation Funding

    Deep cuts to key conservation programs in Senate legislation prompt partisan backlash that could impede the bill; sportsmen urge Congress to address funding decreases

  • Louisiana to Change Bass Creel Limit on Atchafalaya Basin June 20

    Louisiana to Change Bass Creel Limit on Atchafalaya Basin June 20

    tchafalaya Basin Black Bass Creel Limit Set to Change – Beginning Saturday, June 20, black bass regulations on the Atchafalaya River Basin will be consistent with statewide regulations – no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel.

  • Fisheries Restoration Grants Deadline Extended

    Fisheries Restoration Grants Deadline Extended

    The grant application deadline for anadromous salmonid restoration projects that address impacts of the ongoing drought has been extended, due to the recent addition of a consultation requirement.

  • Anglers For Conservation Orlando Chapter Puts Hook Kids on Fishing Trailer Into Service

    Anglers For Conservation Orlando Chapter Puts Hook Kids on Fishing Trailer Into Service

    Anglers for Conservation Orlando Chapter proudly placed their new Hook Kids on Fishing trailer in services. Fully equipped with tents, tables and chairs, the new trailer includes a complete self-contained compliment gear needed to support the six learning stations utilized at their Hook Kids on Fishing events.

  • Cast Your Vote for State-Fish Art People's Choice Award

    Cast Your Vote for State-Fish Art People's Choice Award

    BROOKLYN CENTER, MN -The worldwide online public voting for the 2015 People's Choice Award is now open for Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Contest, presented by FLW. As the saying goes ... the one with the most votes wins! The People's Choice last year was a brook trout painting by Claudia Jo, a talented 6th grader from New York. .

  • NOAA Seeks Comment on Reallocation of Commercial/Recreational Red Snapper Harvest

    NOAA Seeks Comment on Reallocation of Commercial/Recreational Red Snapper Harvest

    NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) is considering an action to reallocate the red snapper harvest between the commercial and recreational sectors.

  • Alabama Gill Net Bill Dies in State Senate

    Alabama Gill Net Bill Dies in State Senate

    The bill to allow net fishing on the Tennessee River died in the Senate this legislative session, and the sponsor said he won't bring it back next year.

  • California Encourages Anglers to Return White Sturgeon "Report Cards"

    California Encourages Anglers to Return White Sturgeon "Report Cards"

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is working to keep the state's white sturgeon population from declining precipitously. Much of that work is estimating the number of fish harvested (kept), the harvest rate and population size.

  • 6 Reasons That Floating Ocean Plastic Cleanup Gizmo is a Horrible Idea

    6 Reasons That Floating Ocean Plastic Cleanup Gizmo is a Horrible Idea

    It's all over the internet these days: a floating boom to be set out in 2016 between Korea and Japan to collect improperly discarded plastics. The two-kilometer float, to be deployed off Tsushima Island in the Korea Strait, is a bit of a test run for much larger versions the creators hope to moor in open oceans around the world within the next five years.

  • Family Fishing Tips from Anglers for Conservation

    Family Fishing Tips from Anglers for Conservation

    Fishing on the water with family and friends is priceless. Summertime Fishing Tips For Kids and Families Schools out! Now we're in the time of year when the weather is perfect for early and late day fishing adventures. Here're a few tips for kids and families who wish to experience the fun and excitement of summertime fishing. Fishing should take place where fish congregated. Kids have a difficult time practicing delayed gratification, so they want to catch something quickly! Personally, in these situations, I would start off fishing for the easier species to find and catch.

  • Yamaha Marine Group Applauds Passage of H.R. 1335

    Yamaha Marine Group Applauds Passage of H.R. 1335

    Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing WASHINGTON-- Yamaha Marine Group, along with a coalition of organizations representing the recreational boating and fishing communities, congratulates the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation's marine fisheries.

  • Alabama Bass Trail Unveils New Specialty License Plate

    Alabama Bass Trail Unveils New Specialty License Plate

    Decatur, AL – Anglers can now show their passion for Alabama fishing while supporting the state's only fishing trail. The new Alabama Bass Trail specialty license plate will be available for pre-order beginning June 1, 2015.

  • B.A.S.S. Announces Official Launch Of Bass Anglers For Saltwater Conservation

    B.A.S.S. Announces Official Launch Of Bass Anglers For Saltwater Conservation

    A new online advocacy system — Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation — provides opportunities for recreational anglers nationwide to contact their legislators about important issues concerning both fresh and saltwater angling

  • High Water, Wide Range of Choices Await BASSfest Anglers At Kentucky Lake

    High Water, Wide Range of Choices Await BASSfest Anglers At Kentucky Lake

    With half of the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series season in the history books, the schedule now makes a major shift back to the Eastern United States for the Zippo BASSfest at Kentucky Lake presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps, June 3-7.

  • New Bass Fishing License Plate to Support Fishing

    New Bass Fishing License Plate to Support Fishing

    The New Largemouth Bass License Plate is Available Now!