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Bonneville Pool Sturgeon Retention to Close
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Bonneville Pool Sturgeon Retention to Close

Bonneville Pool Sturgeon Retention to Close CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The Bonneville Pool retention sturgeon fishery (Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) will close on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 11:59 p.m. The decision was made by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington after reviewing catch data that confirmed the 500 fish guideline...

The 35th Toyota ShareLunker Season Begins
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The 35th Toyota ShareLunker Season Begins

The 35th Toyota ShareLunker Season Begins If you reel in a largemouth bass that’s at least 8 lbs. or 24 inches, you can participate simply by entering your Lunker catch information online or on the ShareLunker mobile app during the year-long season (January 1 – December 31). Lunkers 13 lbs.+ that are caught during spawning season...

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No retention of wild spring Chinook on mainstem Umpqua Feb. 1-June 30

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Retention of all wild spring Chinook (jacks and adults) in the mainstem Umpqua River is prohibited during the Feb. 1 – June 30, 2021 fishing season. Anglers may only keep hatchery chinook. North Umpqua River anglers can still retain wild spring Chinook as per the 2021 aggregate bag limit regulations. This emergency...

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Contaminants Produce Inter-Sex fish in Chesapeake Bay

How has exposure to chemical contaminants in the Chesapeake Bay region led to intersex characteristics in fish?   Fish biologist Vicki Blazer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) brings her team to the Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Va., to collect and study smallmouth bass, a species in which intersex characteristics have been linked to...

The Dalles Pool sturgeon retention season closes
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The Dalles Pool sturgeon retention season closes

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The recreational sturgeon season in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) closed at midnight (11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4), under rules announced by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington. The states closed the sturgeon sport fishery to retention since the current catch guideline of 135 fish was...

Wind Developer Slates Meeting for Angler Input
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Wind Developer Slates Meeting for Angler Input

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC, will be holding a public meeting on January 13, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. A followup meeting will take place on January 20, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Atlantic Shores successfully bid and secured the rights to develop the commercial wind lease area 0499 which includes 183,353 acres...

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FWC Seeks Input on Fisheries at Western Dry Rocks

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on a proposal for a seasonal fishing closure in a 1-square-mile area near Western Dry Rocks. This area is about 10 miles southwest of Key West and is an important spawning location for many recreationally and commercially important species such as snapper, grouper and...

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New blueline tilefish recreational regulations effective Jan. 1 in Atlantic state waters

Starting Jan. 1, the following regulations will go into effect for recreational harvest of blueline tilefish in Atlantic state waters (including Monroe County): A three blueline tilefish recreational bag limit within the three-fish aggregate bag limit for grouper and tilefish in Atlantic state waters. An Atlantic state waters recreational season for harvest from May 1...

Tribal Efforts Help Assess Sturgeon Populations
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Tribal Efforts Help Assess Sturgeon Populations

The Pamunkey Indian Tribe received a NOAA Species Recovery grant in 2018 to assess the current number of Atlantic sturgeon spawning populations and expand the ecological knowledge and stewardship of the Pamunkey and Mattaponi Rivers. Fish That Lived Alongside Dinosaurs Now Face Extinction Every few years, reports surface in the media about a scaly, prehistoric-looking...