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Pacific Lamprey Found in Santa Margarita River
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Pacific Lamprey Found in Santa Margarita River

By John Heil, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “They will recolonize, if we pave the way for them,” said Damon Goodman, former biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Arcata office who is now a regional director in Northern California for CalTrout. If this sounds similar to the Field of Dreams famous quote: “if...

Bass Pro Shops School Of The Year Rankings: 6 – 10
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Bass Pro Shops School Of The Year Rankings: 6 – 10

SAN ANTONIO, TX – With the calendar now turning over to 2022, the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is entering the second half of the 2021-2022 chase to be the number one ranked team in all of collegiate bass fishing. Throughout the course of this week, the...

Owner of Mann’s Bait Company Passes
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Owner of Mann’s Bait Company Passes

Francis Joseph Oelerich, Jr. passed away in Alabama on December 28, 2021. The son of Francis Joseph, Sr. and Helen Spillane Oelerich, he was born in 1936 in Chicago. He attended Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity school in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1954. Told by Notre Dame football coach Terry...

Catch Shares May Improve Fishing Safety
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Catch Shares May Improve Fishing Safety

A new study examines how catch share programs can make fishing safer by providing flexibility in when fishermen can fish. Certain “risky” behaviors make fishing one of the most dangerous lines of work. Previous research found that these behaviors dropped sharply following the adoption of catch share management in the West Coast fixed gear sablefish...

Melting Glaciers Could Produce New Fish Habitat
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Melting Glaciers Could Produce New Fish Habitat

Researchers from Simon Fraser University and NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center found retreating glaciers in Alaska and British Columbia could open up new stream habitats for Pacific salmon. The findings were published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications. The researchers modeled glacier retreat under different climate change scenarios, essentially “peeling back the ice” from...

Settlement Proposed Regarding Oil Spill in Offshore Louisiana
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Settlement Proposed Regarding Oil Spill in Offshore Louisiana

On December 22, 2021, a settlement was proposed in Federal District Court to resolve claims related to the Taylor Energy Platform oil spill at Mississippi Canyon 20 (“MC-20”). $16.5M of this settlement is to restore natural resources injured by the spill. The spill began in 2004, when the Taylor Energy production platform located in the Gulf of Mexico...

The Fly Fishing Film Tour Releases 2022 Stoke Reel
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The Fly Fishing Film Tour Releases 2022 Stoke Reel

The 16th annual F3T is back in action with a top notch selection of films that are sure to feed your fishing addiction. The 2022 show will feature locations from Costa Rica, Hawaii, Maryland, Belize, Louisiana, Alabama, Australia, Colombia and beyond. Follow a legendary spear fisherman across the endless atolls of Belize, watch as a...

New Walleye Length Limit Changes Now Effective in Iowa
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New Walleye Length Limit Changes Now Effective in Iowa

Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is changing the protected walleye slot limit to 19 to 25 inches at Big Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji Lakes, Upper Gar Lake, Minnewashta Lake, Lower Gar Lake and Storm Lake. At Clear Lake, there will be a 17 to 22 inches protected slot limit. These changes start...

Learn How to Ice Fish This Month
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Learn How to Ice Fish This Month

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can learn the basics of ice-fishing or pick up a few new tips from experienced anglers at three Discover Ice-Fishing clinics this month. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Youth Fishing Program will host two on-ice events and one classroom event. From 1-5 p.m. Jan. 15, the Nebraska Fish and Game...