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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

CONTESTS
Wildlife Forever is proud to announce that The U.S.D.A. Forest Service is joining the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in promoting a new, Alaska-specific component to the award-winning State-Fish Art program.
ENFORCEMENT
Up to $7,500 is being offered by various groups for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal shooting of this whooping crane in Acadia Parish.
EVENTS
Come to Riverfront Park in Apalachicola to see many antique & classic vessels, workboats and runabouts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 20.

The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival is a fabulous street festival with educational folk life and maritime exhibits and activities, fun children’s activities, a vintage car show, local seafood vendors and traditional fair foods, unusual and colorful arts & craft vendors, a Pet Parade, Tate’s Hell and Back 5K Run/ Walk, festive knee-slapping, boot-stomping music and amazing live entertainment like the famous Fishy Fashion Show.
Starting March 9th, hundreds of the best college anglers from across the nation will be exploring the waters of Kentucky Lake in search of the biggest bass they can catch.
FISHERIES
NOAA announces the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement with recreation industry intended to help communities realize greater social and economic benefits from sustainable recreational fishing and boating and inspire momentum for a healthy ocean.

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.
The Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m. March 6 at the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Washington regional office, 943 Washington Square Mall, Washington.
Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted revised spring Chinook salmon and steelhead seasons for the Columbia River during a joint state hearing.

Exceptional trout fishing opportunities at Cold Creek, one of Ohio’s most unique streams, await fishing enthusiasts who enter and are drawn in a special lottery conducted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Informed by its Strategic Plan, the program has shifted from its initial focus on developing, testing, and certifying new survey designs to developing a better understanding of regional needs and priorities, facilitating regional data collection efforts, and actively managing regional implementation of new and improved survey methods.
GEAR
A sonar/GPS adds greatly to the fish-finding capability of a kayak, but putting it in the right place and with enough power to last all day is critical to success.

HONORS AND AWARDS
AFW angler Katie Kosich wins distinguished title of Top Overall Tagging Angler in the 2018 International Tag & Release Awards Ceremony.
INDUSTRY
The Progressive® Insurance New England Boat Show® Presented by West Marine wrapped its nine-day run on Sunday, February 19 with a total of 51,725 attendees, up one percent from last year’s record breaking attendance and up nearly five percent from the three year attendance average
NEW PRODUCTS
Created in the heart of reservoir country, the Tennessee Craw was developed to tackle the specific structural elements found in reservoirs: rocks, ledges, bluffs, points, and shallow creek channels.

RADIO
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck will be talking to an amazing conservationist, Johnny (John L) Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops.
RECORD FISH
A new record yellow perch weighing 2.04 pounds was caught by Clinton Mills on Summersville Lake.
STATES
At its February meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set the 2019-only bay scallop season for Gulf County to be Aug. 16 through Sept. 15.
There's good fishing somewhere in Oregon nearly every month of the year. Here are some likely hotspots for this coming weekend from the Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Staff are in the process of conducting a series of public meetings which have provided the public with an opportunity to provide feedback about management activities on Florida waterbodies.
A Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) lake provides excellent fishing for trout, catfish, largemouth bass and sunfish, and many are being stocked this month.
People who use any of Hawai‘i’s small boat harbors, offshore moorings, landings or wharfs will have a chance to comment on new proposed fees and rules at a series of five public hearings to be held around the state in early March.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Sport Fish Aquatic Education Program is hosting its annual Kenai Peninsula Borough School District ice fishing events at Sport Lake and the Homer Reservoir.
TELEVISION
Sportsman’s Adventures, hosted by fishing legend Capt. Rick Murphy, hit a home run in 1994 with its first season, becoming the most popular fishing show on Fox Sports Sun.It's now celebrating 25 years on the air.
TOURNAMENTS
Downtown Knoxville, Tenn., will become the center of the bass fishing world March 15-17, when the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods gets underway on the Tennessee River.
Great fishing in one of North Dakota's biggest lakes and a $6500 first prize are all part of the fun in this long-running event.

FISHING CALENDAR
February 22-24
Fly Fishing Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds

4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, Calif.; www.flyfishingshow.com.

March 9-10
Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center

3 East Vine St., Lancaster, Penn.; www.flyfishingshow.com

March 12
Scott Moore and Captain Mike Anderson Free Inshore Seminar

Famed snook captain Scott Moore joins Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals” radio and TV for a free inshore seminar at 7 p.m. at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa. Free food and drink are included.

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.; www.psc@dnr.sc.gov

May 16-19
Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Destin, Florida, cash prizes for most lionfish brought in; www.emeraldcoastopen.com

 
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