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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019

COAST GUARD
Regulated Navigation Areas are being proposed for the harbor bar entrances to Crescent City Harbor, Humboldt Bay, Noyo River and Morro Bay.
CONSERVATION
Three years after the hurricane, monitoring of the restored reef in Puerto Rican waters has revealed healthy, thriving corals with survival rates at more than 90 percent.
NOAA is committed to promoting healthy ecosystems and resilient coastal communities. We are announcing the availability of up to $4 million in Community-based Restoration Program funding for new coastal and marine habitat restoration projects in 2020.

ENFORCEMENT
The commercial shrimp fisherman from Jacksonville was seen removing the rostrum from a live 12-foot smalltooth sawfish with a power saw aboard his fishing vessel off the coast of Ponte Vedra, Florida on July 18, 2018.
FISHERIES
Through his new position, Commissioner Patrick Keliher will be responsible for steering and implementing the ASMFC’s application of the “Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act.”
GIFTS
From big ticket items to angling essentials, Rapala has everything needed for the angler in your life.

GRANTS
N.Y. DEC provides grant funding through the Hudson River Estuary Program to help communities assess and replace barriers to fish migrations.
The FishAmerica Foundation, in conjunction with the Brunswick Public Foundation, has selected four grassroots organizations that are working to improve water quality and aquatic habitat for funding under this cooperative partnership.
ICE FISHING
On the ice, the most discriminating anglers – including Tony Roach – choose St. Croix’s pinnacle Croix Custom Ice (CCI) Series rods.

Here are some timely tips on where and how to connect with walleyes, perch, crappies and other fish as the ice fishing season gets underway.
From the best augers to tried and true baits, Rapala offers one-stop shopping for the latest ice fishing gear.
INDUSTRY
On November 7 and 8, the 2019 Boating and Fishing Industry Summit was held at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.
INVASIVE SPECIES
Lionfish is delicious—and the more you eat it, the more you’ll be helping the aquatic ecosystem of Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
MEDIA
The 'pro' deal portal IPA Collective is now offering OWAA members special pricing on more than 50 leading brands in the outdoor industry.
ORGANIZATIONS
The program, which delivered letters to owners of boats with lapsed registrations in 19 states, resulted in more than 60,000 re-registrations.
PRO TEAMS
Comprised of hunting and fishing professionals from diverse geographic regions, the frogg toggs Pro Staff team welcomes its newest member with the addition of Major League Fishing professional fisherman, Bobby Lane.
PROMOTIONS
For the first time in the 20-plus years G. Loomis Rods has been part of Shimano, bass anglers are being offered a limited-edition combo now available from select tackle shops nationwide at a considerable reduction in price.
RADIO
Wildlife artist Abby Paffrath creates fish-themed art.
STATES
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the creation of the Lake Borgne Shell Pad, Grand Banks, West Karako Bay and Cabbage Reef artificial reef sites has begun.
Brown trout, brookies and rainbows are all spawned by Iowa DNR for stocking into the state's trout rivers.
TELEVISION
The National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's gears up for the final showdown.
TOURNAMENTS
The tournament’s field of fourteen anglers on ten boats posted overall game fish totals of 56 snook, 47 redfish, 10 tarpon, 8 bonefish and 3 permit.
Boater Michael Miller of Greenville, South Carolina, caught a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds even to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes
Jack’s Family Restaurants, a popular chain with more than 175 locations across the Southeast, has signed on to become a Local Partner of the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk to be held March 6-8 in Birmingham, Ala., and Lake Guntersville.
WORKSHOPS
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced registration is now under way for this winter’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, including ice fishing instruction, which is set for Feb. 21-23, 2020, in Marquette County.

Keep an eye on salinity, water temperature and algae blooms to locate the fish, advises NOAA.

Fall can be a delightful time on the Chesapeake. The water is still fairly warm, and fish are on the move, making for some enjoyable angling. But what changes, caused by changing seasons or weather events, are affecting the Bay—and how might those changes influence how fish move around the Chesapeake?

Last year brought record rainfall—and resulting very low salinity—to the Bay. But since summer 2019 started, much of the Bay watershed has received low amounts of rain. As the graph below shows, we have moved from having fresher-than-average water at the CBIBS Gooses Reef buoy to higher-salinity water in just a few short months.

What does this mean for fish and crabs in the Bay? Generally, as the graph shows, salinity increases over the course of the summer. Because the watershed gets less rain in summer than in spring, less fresh water enters the Bay in the form of runoff from the tributaries. That trend holds impressively true this year, and this can affect species distributions. For example, many types of fish and crabs are more likely to move farther up the Bay and/or tributaries as higher-salinity waters push farther into the estuary. Coastal species are also more likely to be caught in the Bay in the fall, particularly in the lower portion near the mouth of the Chesapeake where the salinity of the water is similar to that of the coastal waters.

In fall, striped bass typically migrate down the coast as the Atlantic waters cool. They are more likely to enter the warmer waters of the Bay to feed on anchovy and menhaden during this migration when the salinity is higher. These baitfish are typically an easier target in the fall when waters are cooling because the fall turnover replenishes the water column with nutrients and plankton prey, so they school to take advantage of this food source.

If you’re headed out fishing, keep an eye on water temperature as well, as this can also play a large role in fish movements and distribution, as different species migrate to spend winter months in warmer waters. Further complicating the picture, some species of algae thrive in high salinity, so species that were suppressed this spring with all the rain could make a comeback and potentially reduce fish habitat as well (due to poor water quality). Heavy rainfall increases runoff of excess nutrients into the Bay--these nutrients then fuel the growth of algae. When algae die and decompose, the decomposition process uses oxygen, leading to low oxygen levels in the Bay. Similarly, oyster diseases tend to thrive in higher salinity so there could be an increase in oyster mortality--but again, this depends on how high the salinity actually is and on water temperature and other factors. Each year, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources completes a fall oyster survey, which includes information on disease levels.

The Bay is a complicated place for fish, crab, and anglers alike! Enjoy your day on the water—and be sure to track your local forecast and monitor conditions on the Bay to make it a safe one.

FISHING CALENDAR
November 16-17
Florida Sportsman Expo

Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL, tickets $8; 35 how-to fishing seminars daily;  http://www.floridasportsman.com/expo

November 18
Inshore lure fishing seminar

With Florida fishing guru and head of MirrOLure Eric Bachnik, 6:30 p.m. at Ferman Chrysler Dodge in New Port Richey, Fla., free food and drink, hosted by Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals Radio, public welcome.

November 21
Florida Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Ceremony

Florida Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Ceremony for 2019 winners, 7 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, Gainesville, Florida, public welcome.

January 8-12
Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show

January 22-25
Buccaneer Cup sailfish tournament

Palm Beach, Fla; www.buccaneercup.com.

February 1-9
Great American Outdoors Show

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, PA; https://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org
 

 
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