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  • Unraveling Mysteries of Pacific Salmon Survival

    Unraveling Mysteries of Pacific Salmon Survival

    An international team of biologists is setting out into some of the roughest waters in the North Pacific Ocean in the middle of winter to try to solve the fundamental mystery of Pacific salmon: What determines whether they live or die?

  • Delta Aquatic Invasive Plants Control Begins

    Delta Aquatic Invasive Plants Control Begins

    The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is set to begin this year’s efforts to control aquatic invasive plants in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region and Suisun Marsh. Pending weather conditions, DBW will begin herbicide treatment next week for water hyacinth, South American spongeplant, Uruguay water primrose, alligatorweed, Brazilian waterweed, curlyleaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, coontail and fanwort as part of an integrated plant control program.

  • CDFW seeks input on new statewide changes for trout fishing regs

    CDFW seeks input on new statewide changes for trout fishing regs

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a series of statewide meetings to inform the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations.

  • Black Market Marijuana Operation Seizure by CDFW

    Black Market Marijuana Operation Seizure by CDFW

    Wildlife Officers Seize Firearms and More at Black Market Marijuana Operation in Hayfork Last month, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), assisted by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a private parcel in the Hayfork area of Trinity County.

  • CDFW to Sell Licenses and Warden Stamps, Meet with Public at Long Beach Fred Hall Show

    CDFW to Sell Licenses and Warden Stamps, Meet with Public at Long Beach Fred Hall Show

    Long Beach-area residents can purchase their 2019 licenses, validations and report cards, as well as 2019 Warden Stamps directly from California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) staff at the 73rd annual Long Beach Fred Hall Show scheduled this week at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Warden stamps sales help fund CDFW’s K-9 program and support purchases of enforcement equipment.

  • Dead fish may show up as ice begins to thaw

    Dead fish may show up as ice begins to thaw

    Winter conditions – very cold temperatures and heavy snow over ice, for example – can kill fish and other aquatic creatures like turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish.

  • Beetles stop world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now

    Beetles stop world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now

    It was December of 2017, and he’d been reviewing film captured the night prior, from a captive population of Devils Hole pupfish—the rarest fish on the planet.

  • Tracking Invasive Gulf Species

    Tracking Invasive Gulf Species

    National Invasive Species Awareness Week is Feb. 25-March 3. According to the National Wildlife Federation, some 42 percent of threatened or endangered species are at risk because of invasives.

  • Fishery managers estimate higher numbers of coho salmon will return to Washington

    Fishery managers estimate higher numbers of coho salmon will return to Washington

    Fishery managers estimate higher numbers of coho salmon will return to Washington’s waters in 2019 compared to last year, but expect low returns of wild chinook will again make setting fishing seasons a challenge.

  • Fayette County Public Fishing Lake Reopens

    Fayette County Public Fishing Lake Reopens

    The Fayette County Public Fishing Lake will reopen on Thursday, March 28, 2019, after the completion of a renovation and restocking project by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) that began in 2016.

  • The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers

    The Arizona Game and Fish Department is seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of activities – including kids fishing and Lake Paddlemore – at this year’s AZGFD Outdoor Expo, March 30-31, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

  • If you live near a stream or river, take a look at this | Flooding Expectations

    If you live near a stream or river, take a look at this | Flooding Expectations

    More precipitation and flooding is expected throughout the state. If you live near a stream or river, take a look at this graphic to learn more about what to expect during high water events.

  • Fishing White Bass in Spring

    Fishing White Bass in Spring

    Some of the best white bass fishing in the spring can be done from the bank and while wading in the upper reaches of tributaries.

  • CDFW study water diversions associated with cannabis cultivation

    CDFW study water diversions associated with cannabis cultivation

    CDFW Conducts Watershed Study in Humboldt County The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is investigating the potential environmental impacts of water diversions associated with cannabis cultivation in three streams in the upper Mattole River watershed in Humboldt County.

  • Chum Salmon are still seen throughout their historic range in the Columbia River

    Chum Salmon are still seen throughout their historic range in the Columbia River

    With the largest range of all Pacific Salmon, chum were at one time in every major tributary of the Columbia River with 16 different population centers observed.

  • Spotted Sea Trout Management after Cold Stun

    Spotted Sea Trout Management after Cold Stun

    Throughout the winter, the Division of Marine Fisheries remains alert for any sign of cold stun events. Cold stun events occur when the environment becomes so cold that aquatic wildlife in the area are physically affected and become lethargic or appear stunned. A cold stun can be triggered by either 1) a strong cold front and/or melting snow and ice causing a sudden drop in water temperature or 2) a long period of cold air temperatures slowly decreasing water temperatures to a level that aquatic wildlife cannot survive. The effects of cold stun events can be localized to a small area, like a single river tributary, or widespread, affecting multiple river systems or the entire coast.

  • Shore-Based Shark Fishing Concerns

    Shore-Based Shark Fishing Concerns

    At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to shark fishing regulations, including management changes for the shore-based shark fishery. Some minor changes to the original proposal were also made, as noted below.

  • Record-Breaking Catfish Caught from Bank in Texas

    Record-Breaking Catfish Caught from Bank in Texas

    Tony Montoya smashed the Lake Brazos blue catfish record with a 46” long, 52.6 pound fish.

  • For anglers braving winter weather, a cold-water fishing opportunity awaits

    For anglers braving winter weather, a cold-water fishing opportunity awaits

    Wither snow or sun as winter wanes, trout await.

  • Project will help Colorado River cutthroat trout

    Project will help Colorado River cutthroat trout

    Colorado River cutthroat trout are a fish prized across Utah. And a great place to catch them is the High Uinta Wilderness in the Uinta Mountains in the northeastern part of the state.