Author: Toby Lapinski (Toby Lapinski)

Home Toby Lapinski
Catch Shares May Improve Fishing Safety
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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...

5 Keys To ‘Trophy’ Fishing
Post

5 Keys To ‘Trophy’ Fishing

Kirk Deeter — Vice President, Editor in Chief – Trout Media One of the special things about fishing is that it matters to different people in different ways for different reasons. While we all might agree that any day on the water is a great day, I’ve come to believe there are five certain elements...

New Licensing & Reporting Program Launched in Massachusetts
Post

New Licensing & Reporting Program Launched in Massachusetts

MassFishHunt, the official licensing and harvest reporting system for Massachusetts, got an upgrade as of December 1, 2021. As always, anglers, hunters, and trappers can buy licenses and permits, report a harvest, and access their accounts. The new MassFishHunt’s secure, modern platform offers new features designed with the customer in mind. Setting up your account...

Historic Sea Eagle Sighting Thrills Birders
Post

Historic Sea Eagle Sighting Thrills Birders

On December 17, MassWildlife received a report about a Steller’s sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) from David Ennis, who had photographed this unusual raptor a few days earlier along the Taunton River in Dighton. It is the first time this species, native to northeast Asia, has been documented in Massachusetts and eastern North America. Based on its...

More Than 12.5 Million Fish Stocked in 2021
Post

More Than 12.5 Million Fish Stocked in 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Anglers wetting a line in the waters of The Natural State have a lot of fishing, and fish, to look forward to. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trout hatcheries and other partners, delivered more than 12.5 million fish to Arkansas waters during 2021....