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The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that its Boat Registration Reactivation Program enticed 50,462 boat owners with lapsed registrations to renew their registration and get back on the water.
From beginner to experienced, there's something new for fly tiers to learn at these classes at Little River Outfitters in Townsend, Tennessee.
Late-run kokanee have lighter meat than early-run fish, causing concern among some anglers, but state biologists say it's just a matter of when the brood fish eggs are harvested.

NOAA Fisheries requests comments on Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region and a proposed rule for Atlantic group cobia.
NOAA is asking fishermen to report Atlantic sturgeon catches and sightings as they try to learn more about the life cycle of these rare fish.
Both abrupt and subtle changes caused by warming are evident in fishery stocks now, and NOAA Fisheries Center researchers are working on tools for understanding what that means for future stock conditions and the fisheries that depend on them.

The Wildlife Department's paddlefish management program involves an extensive process of netting, weighing, measuring and marking paddlefish with metal bands on the lower jaw--learn more here.
Flounder are moving from the bays to the Gulf for spawning, making them easy to find, but TPWD changes regulations during the prime time to limit the catch and protect the fish.
Over 8,000 landlocked salmon 14 to 15 inches long were stocked last week into Merrill Creek Reservoir in Warren County.

The fine folks at Gander Outdoors have invited "Bro," Brosdahl, one of the ice fishing industry's most successful guides, to their location in Forest Lake November 17 from 10am-4pm.
It’s time to enter your new product for the 2019 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show™ Innovation Awards, the industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market. The
The new Baffin sunglass frame from The Untangled Collection, released in 2018, was awarded with the show’s inaugural Innovation Award presented by Capitol One Spark Business and A+E Networks® as the show kicked-off on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Middleton Partners, parent company of Maurice Sporting Goods, announced today that is has acquired O2COOL, an innovative leader in the hydration and portable cooling market with more than $50 million in annual revenue. With this acquisition, Middleton plans to establish Maurice Outdoors, a collection of powerful industry brands with best-in-class distribution.
According to NMMA President Thom Dammrich, the legislation creates a path to expand the use of alternative distress signals like LED lights and emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), a move that will equip boaters with safer, longer-lasting, and more environmentally friendly options to signal for help in case of an emergency
The IGFA has recently arranged the transfer of $10,000 from the WARF to aid in the recovery efforts of the extensive charter fishing operations throughout Florida’s Panhandle due to hurricane damage.
This week on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio just a few days before Thanksgiving. Host Rob Keck is giving thanks and sharing how to best take the spoils of your hunt to the table with Sporting Chef Scott Layseth.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is expanding its popular landlocked salmon stocking program to a fourth northern New Jersey lake – the Merrill Creek Reservoir in Warren County.
Get ready for the launch of ODFW’s new modernized licensing system on Dec. 1—hang on to your 2018 hunting or fishing license or take a photo of it now to make verification easy!
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program is kicking off winter in style by releasing hundreds of rainbow trout in program ponds throughout the state.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from Major League Fishing, Discovering Water, The Given Right and more.
From November 15 through December 25, pause and de-stress from the frantic pace of the holidays with a daily #MomentofChill – which may involve a frolicking puppy, a crackling fireplace, or the soothing ripples of an untouched stream.
The midterm elections brought a considerable amount of change to Capitol Hill. Here's a look at some of the changes that may affect fisheries, from the Marine Fish Conservation Network.
Learn the basics of fly fishing from expert instructors with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Nov. 17

By Frank Sargeant, Editor

Fall is a great time to be in Upstate New York. The cool breezes are blowing off the giant lakes, the leaves are turning, and the yard-long salmon and steelhead are pushing out of the open water and up into the tributary rivers where they provide some amazing action and draw some amazing crowds.

If that’s not enough, 40-inch muskies are coming out of their summer doldrums, and smallmouth bass are stuffing themselves into football proportions prior to getting iced in for the winter.

I had the opportunity to make a brief tour through the area thanks to an invitation from the Western New York Regional Development Council and Buffalo-based Hart Hotels to take a look at a public/private partnership being touted as a way to bring economic development, including recreational fishing and boating jobs as well as tourism, to the less-developed areas of the state. Over a week’s visit, we toured three prime fishing/tourism locations. Today, we have a look at Watkins Glen and the Seneca Lake region, southwest of Syracuse.

Watkins Glen, located on the south end of Seneca Lake, is part of the Finger Lake Country, a bear-claw scratch deep into the rolling hardwood terrain. There are lakes everywhere in this country, and most of them are stiff with fish. I met with guide Mark Moskal here, who operates not only a guide service but also a kayak rental operation on Seneca.

“We depend on visitors here for our income about 8 months a year,” he told me. “When the tourists leave in November, I look for odd jobs until spring—the hotel operation has been huge for us at bringing in more customers.”

Moskal works not only Seneca but also Cuyuga, Owasco, Waneta and Keuka lakes and the streams that feed them, depending on what’s biting where.

“Come at the right time and you can choose between brown and rainbow trout, lake trout, Atlantic salmon, muskies, smallmouth, largemouth and walleye,” says Moskal. “There’s outstanding fishing for all of them within 20 miles of Watkins Glen.”

He said one of his favorite fisheries occurs in October when Atlantic salmon and lunker browns run out of Cuyuga Lake into the Fall River, offering fly-rodders a shot at athletic, leg-long fish in some of the prettiest surroundings of the area, including a 100-foot waterfall that terminates their upstream journey just below the campus of Cornell University.

Muskie fishing is also impressive here—many anglers have fished for them for years without putting one in the boat, but Moskal says if you visit at prime time—late fall—on Lake Waneta, a heavily stocked 3-mile-long impoundment just west of town, you’re highly likely to get at least one fish in for a hero photo, and many are better than 40 inches long, a few over 50 inches.

Monster muskies like this one are part of the angling action in the Finger Lakes Region, particularly on Lake Waneta, which is heavily stocked with the predatory pike. (Mark Moskal Photo)

“We get most of the fish trolling—we put out a spread of Rapala X-Raps, Williams Wobblers and Evil Eye Spoons, spacing them at 6 feet, 8 feet, 10 feet and 12 feet, and pull them fast enough to bring out a strong vibration. It’s a very dependable way to fish, and it doesn’t require the angler to fling those huge lures for hours.”

He said trolling is also the preferred tactic for lakers in Seneca, which typically hang at 70 feet and more and are reached via downrigger gear--the fish average 5 to 8 pounds, but 15 pounders are possible. 

For more, contact Mark Moskal at

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel here is a big part of bringing not only anglers and boaters but travelers of all interests to the Finger Lakes. The upscale 104-room hostelry, recently voted one of the top waterfront hotels in the nation by USA Today, sits at the southern tip of Lake Seneca, with al fresco dining overlooking the city harbor. It’s got all the usual amenities including an exercise room, indoor pool and a business center where road warriors will appreciate the jumbo iMac all-in-one computers.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is the result of a public/private partnership that helped bring the upscale facility to a small upstate town where jobs are at a premium. The result is a great spot for anglers, boaters and tourists to hang their hat, as well as a big boost for the local economy. 

The world-class (but pricey) Blue Pointe Restaurant offers an impressive variety--as an old waterfowler, I enjoyed the duck with andouille sausage risotto. The miso glazed salmon was also particularly good, all washed down with some good wine that not too long ago had been inside grapes growing on the surrounding hills—the area is famed as wine country.

Steelhead run into Catherine Creek at Watkins Glen in spring, providing great action for lunker fish in its narrow flow. (Mark Moskal Photo)

The hotel is within walking distance of Mark Moskal’s kayak operation, where you can rent a ‘yak to get out on the lake and have a really good shot at catching some quality smallmouths over 18 inches long, particularly during the spring spawn in May and early June when they move to the flats along the shorelines—soft plastic tubes are one of the favorite lures.

It’s also within a couple long casts of the Barge Canal, which leads spawning steelhead right into Catherine Creek in late March and early April. You can access the creek directly from State Route 14, which runs alongside it south of town for miles. Salmon egg imitations, and the real thing, do most of the damage.

It’s  just over a half-mile stroll from spectacular Watkins Glen State Park, a must-see in this area, with 19 waterfalls over its 2-mile, 400-foot plunge through a gorge down to lake level. 

The hotel also puts on a jumbo Ice Bar event fund raiser each winter—they carve an entire bar out of block ice, set up on the hotel patio—given the late January date of the event, thawing is not a problem—bring your long johns.

See full Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel details here:   

Other Attractions at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen International Raceway is worth a visit if you’re an auto racing fan—many classic races have taken place here over decades. You can actually drive the family vehicle for a few hot laps on the track for a fee—I didn’t think my Pathfinder or my driving skills were up to it.

Watkins Glen State Park, on the south end of town, has 19 waterfalls plunging down a 400-foot gorge in its 2-mile length. (Frank Sargeant Photo)

The western shore of Seneca has one of the densest wine tasting operations in the country—there are about 30 wineries and breweries with tasting facilities on the east shore, over 20 more on the west side, in the 30 plus miles from Watkins Glen to Geneva on the Lake, at the north end. Every winery has a half-dozen or more vintages they will insist you try—YOU NEED A DESIGNATED DRIVER. But that said, it’s a pleasant way to while away a rainy afternoon when you can’t fish—tasting fee is about $6 for a variety of “flights”, and most throw in some great local cheeses, as well. Learn more here:

November 16-19
International Roosterfish Tournament

November 22-23
Thanksgiving Holiday

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November 28
Free Wadefishing Seminar with TV personality and expert flats fisher Glen Pla

St. Pete Fishing Outfitters, 3450 34 th Street N in St. Petersburg, Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Flats fishing seminar with TV fishing personality Glen Pla

6:30 p.m. at St. Pete Fishing Outfitters, 3450 34 th Street North in St. Petersburg; 727 317 4949.

December 5-8
65th Annual Light Tackle Sailfish Tournament

Stuart, Florida;

December 7-8
Fly Fishing and Rod building Fair
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