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Artificial Reefs Create Habitat, Better Fishing
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Artificial Reefs Create Habitat, Better Fishing

“If you build it, they will come.” That is more than a movie quote—it is an axiom in fisheries conservation. Create habitat and the fish will follow. It’s a take-home message from offshore reef creation well underway, thirty years now, by the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Excise taxes paid...

Private Trout Farm Works with USFWS for Conservation
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Private Trout Farm Works with USFWS for Conservation

When you think of a private fish farm, you don’t typically think of conservation, but through a new partnership that is changing. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coleman National Fish Hatchery and Mt. Lassen Trout Farm have come together to raise endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon and release them into Battle Creek as part...

Florida’s Charlotte Harbor: The Next Domino?
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Florida’s Charlotte Harbor: The Next Domino?

By Aaron Adams, Ph.D., BTT Director of Science and Conservation The cancer of too many nutrients is spreading throughout Charlotte Harbor. This does not bode well for the long-term future of its legendary fisheries. I lived on Pine Island for 12 years, starting in 2001. The flats from southern Pine Island Sound to Punta Gorda...

Rooster Tails for Big Trout
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Rooster Tails for Big Trout

Why spinners for big trout? You must cover far more water to find trout, especially larger ones when bites are far between. You need a technique that is effective as well as being one that covers the water thoroughly at a fairly fast pace. Spinners, especially Rooster Tails, feature flash, and that “pop” is the...

Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro: Gustafson’s Winning Combination
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Shimano, G. Loomis and PowerPro: Gustafson’s Winning Combination

“I’ve been waiting a long time to be able to do this in a tournament down here,” was the phrase repeated many times by Shimano Pro Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson as he described a decidedly Canadian approach to chasing smallmouth bass. “This is something we do back home all the time, especially as smallies follow big...

Spending by Hunters and Anglers Generated $1B For Conservation in 2020
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Spending by Hunters and Anglers Generated $1B For Conservation in 2020

Thankfully, when it comes to funding for maintenance and improvement of fish and wildlife habitat or sportsmen’s access, all our eggs aren’t in one basket­—here are the major conservation funding sources that every hunter and angler should know. Sportsmen and women know that the money we spend hunting and fishing not only drives an $887-billion...

Warming Ocean Will Challenge Snake River Salmon
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Warming Ocean Will Challenge Snake River Salmon

The Pacific salmon life cycle is a struggle for survival. It is likely to grow even more so for Snake River salmon populations if the ocean warms, as other previous research indicates that it will in coming decades. NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center is using life-cycle modeling to better understand threatened Snake River spring/summer...

Keep Native Fish Healthy–Avoid Unsanctioned Releases
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Keep Native Fish Healthy–Avoid Unsanctioned Releases

In South Carolina and most other states, it is unlawful to intentionally release fish and other aquatic organisms into bodies of water where they were not captured. Moving fish and other aquatic organisms between water bodies is a substantial threat to our native animals and our sport fisheries. With the intention of creating new sport...

AFTCO Says “Pump the Brakes” on 30 x 30, Get Angler Input
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AFTCO Says “Pump the Brakes” on 30 x 30, Get Angler Input

Pump the Brakes The Fishing Community Deserves A Voice AFTCO applauds the spirit behind We Are One Ocean. We believe the World Surf League is trying to do what they feel is best for surfers. We also believe an essential voice is missing from this campaign.  The We Are One Ocean campaign has not included the largest ocean stakeholder –...

Defending Oregon’s Last Best Place
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Defending Oregon’s Last Best Place

Oregon’s Owyhee Country is a paradise for those fond of adventure and solitude with a rod or rifle in hand. But what was once enjoyed mostly by locals is now in danger of being “loved to death” as the Pacific Northwest population booms and Instagram influencers crave never ending ‘likes’ through adventure. Additional pressures such as a climate change, invasive annual grasses, and renewable energy pressures are mounting, which is why I’m representing the TRCP...