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  • U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June Great Outdoors Month

    U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June Great Outdoors Month

    For the second year in a row, the U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June “Great Outdoors Month!”  Active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters continues to enjoy bipartisan support.

  • Teen Catches Third Tagged Redfish

    Teen Catches Third Tagged Redfish

    From the Bank Ty Trosclair of Grand Chenier, along with his dad and friend were fishing the banks of Rockefeller Refuge last Sunday when he landed the redfish of a lifetime.  Their target of the day was trout but shortly into the outing, Ty brought the red tagged redfish to shore.

  • Angler cited for catching and keeping sturgeon

    Angler cited for catching and keeping sturgeon

    Michael Melton (32) caught the sturgeon on the evening of June 17th, and placed the fish in his vehicle. "Fortunately, a nearby angler took action,” Fish and Game conservation officer Brian Jack noted. “He called the CAP hotline and provided us with a license plate number and accurate descriptions of both the vehicle and the suspect.”

  • Free Fishing Day July 7 | No Fishing License Required

    Free Fishing Day July 7 | No Fishing License Required

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is encouraging all Californians to give fishing a try for free on July 7 and Sept. 1, 2018.

  • Bill Approved to Reduce Sea Lion Predation on Salmon and Steelhead

    Bill Approved to Reduce Sea Lion Predation on Salmon and Steelhead

    Bipartisan measure addresses unchecked predation at environmental pinch points in the Columbia River system

  • Invasive Plant at Ross Barnett Reservoir

    Invasive Plant at Ross Barnett Reservoir

    Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, (MDWFP) aquatic plant control personnel found Giant Salvinia, an aggressive invasive plant, in Ross Barnett Reservoir recently. The plant was sparsely distributed over a 5-acre area in Pelahatchie Bay. MDWFP personnel will use herbicides to control the Giant Salvinia. According to Fisheries Biologist Dennis Riecke “this plant grows rapidly and forms thick surface mats which can prevent boating. Once aquatic invasive species are released into our natural waters, they are very difficult and expensive to control. Anglers and boaters are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their boating equipment after each use and certainly before traveling to fish or boat at a different location to limit the spread of aquatic invasive species.

  • Restoring Franks Tract

    Restoring Franks Tract

    For these reasons, Franks Tract is considered a strong candidate for partial restoration. Various partners, led by CDFW, are proposing to restore about 1,000 acres of Franks Tract to tidal marsh.

  • Marine Fish Bag Limit Decreases July 1 for Oregon

    Marine Fish Bag Limit Decreases July 1 for Oregon

    Beginning July 1, 2018, the general marine fish bag limit will decrease to 4 fish per angler per day.  The general marine fish bag limit includes all species of rockfish (yelloweye rockfish prohibited at all times), greenlings, skates, and all other marine species not listed on pages 81-82 of the 2018 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

  • Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation Urge Passage of Modern Fish Act

    Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation Urge Passage of Modern Fish Act

    The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Modern Fish Act (included in H.R. 200) on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

  • Biologists breed rainbow trout to save disease-ravaged population

    Biologists breed rainbow trout to save disease-ravaged population

    But in the 1990s, that fight between fish and fisherman shifted to one between rainbow trout and a parasite that invaded Colorado rivers. It causes whirling disease, an aquatic plague where young fish are deformed, swim in circles and die of starvation.

  • How Do Scientists Know Where the Fish Go?

    How Do Scientists Know Where the Fish Go?

    Understanding where fish spend their time—including where and when they migrate—is an important part of scientists’ knowledge about species. But fish and other critters can’t just send a text when they get to their winter homes

  • Algae Bloom cause of Civil Emergency alert in Oregon

    Algae Bloom cause of Civil Emergency alert in Oregon

    The words blasted to cellphones around Oregon’s capital city were ominous: “Civil emergency . prepare for action.”Within half an hour, a second official alert clarified the subject wasn’t impending violence but toxins from an algae bloom, detected in Salem’s water supply. Across the U.S., reservoirs that supply drinking water and lakes used for recreation are experiencing similar events.

  • Biologists box bass, crappie at DeGray Lake

    Biologists box bass, crappie at DeGray Lake

    More than 11,000 cubic feet of new cover for anglers to fish sits at the bottom of DeGray Lake in Clark and Hot Springs counties, thanks to the efforts of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff from across the state. Two-hundred and forty near-permanent fish attractors were dropped in various locations of the 13,800-acre Corps of Engineers reservoir.

  • Master Plan for Fisheries Adopted by California Fish and Game Commission

    Master Plan for Fisheries Adopted by California Fish and Game Commission

    At its June 2018 meeting in Sacramento, the California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) took action on a number of issues affecting California’s natural resources.

  • Trump Administraion Announced New Tariffs on Chinese Products, Including Recreational Boating Industry

    Trump Administraion Announced New Tariffs on Chinese Products, Including Recreational Boating Industry

    On Friday, the Trump Administration announced Section 301 tariffs of 25 percent on approximately $50 billion worth of select Chinese products, including nearly 300 marine related parts. In response, NMMA is sounding the alarm and calling on the Administration to withdraw the tariffs.

  • Fishing for Bass... and Senko brings in another record catch

    Fishing for Bass... and Senko brings in another record catch

    Collins, along with a few friends, were fishing for black bass when something unusual hit his 5-inch Senko plastic worm. “This thing really had some weight,” he said.

  • Record-Sized Catfish Caught in Seattle

    Record-Sized Catfish Caught in Seattle

    A fisherman pulled a 45-pound catfish from an urban pond in Seattle on Saturday afternoon in what may be the largest fish caught there.

  • Agua Fria closure on Lake Pleasant

    Agua Fria closure on Lake Pleasant

    It has been a successful bald eagle breeding season on Lake Pleasant. Bald eagle nestlings are flying and about ready to head north for the summer and the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department lifted its boating closure on the Agua Fria river into the lake today (Friday, June 15).

  • 13 Year Old River Bass Kill Solved by College Lab

    13 Year Old River Bass Kill Solved by College Lab

    Turns out it can be lethal when the shallow water near the banks of the river where young bass roam becomes stagnant and hot, turning into a soupy cauldron of deadly pathogens.

  • A first time- noodling for catfish season has been approved by state Natural Resource Commission

    A first time- noodling for catfish season has been approved by state Natural Resource Commission

    Noodlers catch catfish by feeling around in underwater openings until they touch a catfish. They then grab the fish by the mouth or gills and yank it out. The practice has acquired a cult following among daredevils who enjoy the adrenaline rush of wrestling with fish that can weigh up to 70 pounds.