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The 2019 Muzzy Bowfishing Classic is officially in the books – marking the most successful turn-out in the tournament’s history.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will offer free instruction for individuals interested in learning the basics of fly fishing on July 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Mormon Island State Recreation Area in Grand Island.
The annual report card prepared by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) concluded that while all 4 major bay segments had sufficient water clarity to allow sunlight to penetrate to the bay bottom and support the growth of underwater seagrasses, Old Tampa Bay once again exceeded its average annual target for chlorophyll-a.

Based on challenges facing the area, such as seagrass and sponge die-offs and harmful algal blooms, the FWC and partners have critical research, monitoring and restoration efforts underway.
The Coast Guard along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission urges the public to stay safe and follow fishing regulations during the spiny lobster season, which occurs July 24-25. 
Soon, anglers may get even more of a fair shake, and we can all stop living in the past.

Guided trips are catching 50 to 60 fish daily, including limits of fish 18 inches and better, according to reports.
The season will remain open until recreational landings approach or reach Louisiana’s annual private recreational allocation of 816,439 pounds of red snapper approved under the Exempted Fishing Permit, according to landings estimates from LA Creel.
NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule that would continue reductions in the Gulf of Mexico red grouper commercial and recreational annual catch limits (ACL) and associated annual catch targets (ACT) put in place through an emergency action requested by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

When trolling for big fish like salmon, rig a Yakima Fish Flash behind a diver or a Yakima Free-Sliding Spreader to help attract fish – it works!
Iowa rivers are loaded with catfish--here are six quick tips on how to get them.
The new Fishing License & Boat Registration Website Plugin from RBFF connects your customers with the information they need in just one click.
The biggest threat lion fish pose is not their venomous spines: It is the alarming speed with which they invade new waters, eating prey that have not evolved to recognize them as a predator, stealing food from important commercial fish like snapper and grouper, and spawning baby lionfish at incredible rates.
Applications are being accepted now through Sunday, Aug. 4, for the next state wildlife officer cadet training school, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.
Applications are being accepted through Sunday, August 4 for the next Natural Resources Officer training academy, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft.
This August, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), in partnership with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, will be hosting their last scheduled free* Aquatic Volunteer Instructor workshop for 2019 in Baton Rouge on August 7.
Locally heavy rains have caused South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Secretary, Kelly Hepler, to declare temporary "no wake zones" on West Oakwood and Lake Campbell in Brookings County.
Adults are invited to grab a buddy and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at Omaha’s Zorinsky Lake on July 25 for Fishing with Friends.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission elected a new chairman and vice chairman and welcomed three new commissioners to its governing board at its business meeting July 18.
Assembly Bill 1387, authored by Assemblymember Wood and sponsored by CSL, would have enacted a 365-day sport fishing license valid for a full 12 months from the date of purchase, include an auto-renewal feature that would ensure greater license renewal rates, and allow licenses to be displayed on mobile devices.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has unanimously authorized $538,900 from the state’s Marine Fuel Tax program to be used in Fiscal Year 2020 for repairs and upgrades to boat ramps and access points throughout Arkansas.
To deal with the tidal fluctuation that comes from the James River’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, anglers will basically have two choices.
NMMA – in coordination with the Congressional Boating Caucus (CBC) – hosted a briefing event for nearly 100 congressional staff in Washington, D.C. to examine the environmental and economic problems created by aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Learn all aspects of fishing for catfish at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Discover Catfish Fishing event Aug. 1 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake.
If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity to help young people experience outdoor recreation – helping instill in them a sense of Michigan’s great natural resources heritage and traditions – then the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for you.

The hottest two-month stretch of the year is here and largemouth bass anglers must make adjustments if they want to continue catching fish during the challenging dog days of late July through August.

Locating the depth of the thermocline is the first priority for bass anglers fishing Kentucky’s major reservoirs in late summer, as well as elsewhere throughout the South. Longer days and the higher sun angle of late spring warms the upper layers of a reservoir. By summer, the lake stratifies by temperature. The thermocline is the zone where the warmer upper layers mix with the oxygen-depleted, colder water layers below.

There is no dissolved oxygen below the thermocline for fish to breathe, so it is a waste of time fishing below it. The Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides a helpful page at that provides the location of the thermocline. Click on the lake you are interested in and select “Most Recent Lake Profile.” The right-hand column shows the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water. The thermocline is the depth where the dissolved oxygen falls below five.

Water fertility and clarity play a role in the location of the thermocline. This week, the thermocline on mid-depth hill-land reservoirs with relatively clear water, such as Green River, Barren River, Rough River and Nolin River, is about 15 feet.

“Some clear lakes like Cave Run have a deep thermocline at about 20 feet,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The water at that depth is about 73 degrees right now, more comfortable water for bass. At a lake like Taylorsville, a shallow, fertile lake, you don’t have that cool water option as the thermocline is only 10 feet deep.”

Smart bass anglers fishing the mid-depth reservoirs should probe structures from 10 to 15 feet deep, such as points that extend out into the lake, submerged humps or channel ledges. Those fishing a shallow lake like Taylorsville should look for ambush cover just above the thermocline, such as a sunken tree-top, stump field or in flooded timber.

“Do not forget the basics of bass fishing,” Hardin said. “Bass hang out where there is food. Shad like to follow channels. Points near the channel or any cover along the channel ledge are money spots at this time of year.”

Jigs slowly crawled across the point or along the channel ledge draw strikes. Points with stumps or chunk rock hold the most fish. Jigs in the peanut butter and jelly color, black and blue or green pumpkin make good choices.

Boat positioning is important to keep a jig crawling on the bottom and across those points, channel ledges and humps. Some anglers use marker buoys to visualize the sunken structures.

Deadsticking a 7- to 10-inch straight-tailed worm rigged on a ¼-ounce Shakey head and cast on the point, channel ledge or hump is a technique to try if all else fails. After the lure reaches bottom, reel in the slack and let the worm sit there and wiggle. Occasionally squeeze the rod handle to impart a slight action to the worm. If no takers, reel it in about five feet and try again. Bass that ignored everything in your tackle box will often hit this presentation in late summer. Green pumpkin, junebug or plum glitter are productive worm colors.

Largemouth bass sometime suspend over the point, ledge or hump and ignore lures worked on bottom in late summer. A swimbait works well for suspended bass.

Pearl-colored swimbaits with shades of gray, blue and light purple work well. Fish the swimbait just above the point, ledge or hump with a swimming retrieve, stopping occasionally to let the lure fall. Bass often strike a swimbait on the fall at this time of year. Use the lightest weight you can.

It is hot and finally dry. Make the correct adjustments and continue to catch largemouth bass through the hottest stretch of the year.

Author Lee McClellan is a nationally award-winning associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He is a life-long hunter and angler, with a passion for smallmouth bass fishing.

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