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Lake Erie Steelhead–Winter is Prime Time
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Lake Erie Steelhead–Winter is Prime Time

If you think the winter months are only for ice fishing rods, you might need to reconsider. Angler surveys regularly conducted on New York’s Lake Erie tributaries typically show that the highest catch rates for steelhead occur during the winter months. Coincidentally, this is also when the lowest angler effort also occurs. This is especially...

Hearings Set for Summer Flounder Scup and Black Sea Bass  on Atlantic Coast
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Hearings Set for Summer Flounder Scup and Black Sea Bass on Atlantic Coast

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) are seeking public comment on the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Commercial/Recreational Allocation Amendment. Comments may be submitted at any of five virtual public hearings to be held between February 17 and March 2, 2021 or via written comment until March 16,...

Asian Carp Advisory Commission Holds First Meeting
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Asian Carp Advisory Commission Holds First Meeting

The Asian Carp Advisory Commission was established in an executive order signed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee in September to study and provide advice regarding the best methods for mitigating the invasion of Asian carp into the state’s lakes and river systems. The Commission, chaired by Tennessee Senator Mike Bell, had its first meeting in...

Massive 3,500 Pound White Shark Migrating Past Cape Fear, N.C.
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Massive 3,500 Pound White Shark Migrating Past Cape Fear, N.C.

Researchers at OCEARCH said Nukumi, a 17-feet-long female weighing 3,541 lbs., pinged in two times off the coast of the Cape Fear region Tuesday morning. Nukumi was tagged in Canada in October and pinged at Wilmington and Buxton on Hatteras Island last November. Researchers named her “Nukumi”, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary wise old grandmother...

Mid-Atlantic Council Seeks Input on Summer Flounder Management
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Mid-Atlantic Council Seeks Input on Summer Flounder Management

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is collecting public comments and suggestions regarding current and future management of the recreational summer flounder fishery. Input provided through the scoping comment form will help inform the development of a management strategy evaluation, which will evaluate different management strategies designed to minimize discards in the recreational summer flounder fishery.  The Council...

N.Y. State Migratory Fish Seminar Online Jan. 20
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N.Y. State Migratory Fish Seminar Online Jan. 20

Join fisheries biologists Amanda Higgs and Jessica Best as they discuss their research about the migratory fish of the tidal Hudson River during the next Women in Science webinar on January 20, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. They will talk about how they track fish species in the Hudson and how technology helps scientists see...

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Florida Central East Sea Trout Zone Now Open

The spotted seatrout season opened to recreational harvest Jan. 1 in the Central East Management Zone, which includes all state and federal waters from Palm Beach through Volusia counties (see map of zones below). Spotted seatrout, as well as red drum and snook, also remain catch-and-release only through May 31, 2021, in waters from the...

Gulf Council to Meet by Webinar January 25-28, 2021
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Gulf Council to Meet by Webinar January 25-28, 2021

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet January 25-28, 2021 by webinar. The Council will begin by reviewing 2020 budget and expenditures and the 2021 budget and activities. The Council will hear presentations on Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Fish Restoration and present the 2019 Officer of the Year Award to Sergeant Dupre of...

New Fish Attractors for Lake Piney Z
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New Fish Attractors for Lake Piney Z

Biologists from FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management and the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute teamed up to improve angling opportunities on Lake Piney Z in Tallahassee. Biologists added 48 recycled plastic fishing structures to existing fish attractors back in mid-November 2020. All fish attractors can easily be reached from shore via the lake’s numerous...

FWC Details Electro-Fishing Techniques
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FWC Details Electro-Fishing Techniques

When biologists wish to survey a fish population, there are a number of different techniques they can use. While the method selected will depend partly on the species of interest, electrofishing is often chosen as an excellent all-around method for general survey work. Electrofishing has a number of advantages: it targets moderate to large fish...