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Florida FWC Seeks Angler Info on Atlantic Red Snapper
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Florida FWC Seeks Angler Info on Atlantic Red Snapper

Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are looking for anglers’ help to capture information about the Atlantic red snapper fishery. The 2021 recreational season in Atlantic federal waters is July 9-11. Anglers are limited to one fish per person, per day, with no minimum...

Best Practices for Successful Catch and Release Offshore
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Best Practices for Successful Catch and Release Offshore

The following was released by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council: The summer fishing season is in mid-swing.   Whether you’re bottom fishing or trolling for Dolphin (mahi), Wahoo or maybe a mackerel or two, as a responsible angler, planning your offshore fishing trip includes knowing the rules and regulations and incorporating best fishing practices. Know...

Gulf Council Seeks Angler/Diver Input on Reefs
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Gulf Council Seeks Angler/Diver Input on Reefs

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program would like your input on the condition of Coral Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Coral communities and habitats are an incredibly important part of the ocean ecosystem that we rely upon for sustainable fisheries. Research shows that the habitats and conditions...

Promoting Conservation Through Descending Devices
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Promoting Conservation Through Descending Devices

Alexandria, VA  – The 2,600 anglers who recently participated in the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) FishSmart South Atlantic Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Effort programs reported taking action to increase fish survival rates through the use of descending devices for red snapper, and short leader circle hook rigs for red drum. Apart from the measurable results,...

Northern Pike: It’s What’s for Dinner
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Northern Pike: It’s What’s for Dinner

Walleyes can be difficult to target and thus rewarding to figure out. Most importantly, they offer a large, intact fillet of flaky deliciousness and, perhaps best of all, cheek and wing nuggets that make some of the finest table fare freshwater game has to offer. Yet, there’s no denying these aristocrats don’t put up too...

Washington DFW Seeks Input on Coastal Steelhead
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Washington DFW Seeks Input on Coastal Steelhead

OLYMPIA – With recent and long term declines in coastal steelhead and last season’s early closure to the 2020-2021 coastal steelhead sport fishery, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are hosting a suite of virtual public town hall meetings this summer and fall to gather feedback from the public as they prepare for...

FWC Gives Okeechobee Angling Outlook
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FWC Gives Okeechobee Angling Outlook

Lake Okeechobee is Florida’s largest lake and the second largest body of fresh water in the contiguous United States. The word Okeechobee comes from the Seminole Indian language “Oki” (water) and “Chubi” (big) and means “big water.” These early Floridians chose the name well. Vast surface area (730 square miles), shallowness (averaging only nine feet...

New Paddlefish Record from Oklahoma’s Keystone Lake
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New Paddlefish Record from Oklahoma’s Keystone Lake

Oklahoma angler Grant Rader of Wichita scored a new state and world record for paddlefish a few weeks back with a monster 164-pounder caught from Keystone Lake, home of many of the giant-sized critters. The fish are caught by snagging–they feed on microscopic plankton and won’t bite on typical baits and lures used by anglers....

Florida Gulf Red Snapper Season to End July 28
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Florida Gulf Red Snapper Season to End July 28

The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state and federal waters will close July 29, with the last day of harvest being July 28. This season applies to recreational anglers fishing from private vessels in Gulf state and federal waters. For-hire operations that do not have a federal reef fish permit may also participate in...

Washington DFW Seeks Input on Steelhead Seasons
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Washington DFW Seeks Input on Steelhead Seasons

OLYMPIA – With recent and long term declines in coastal steelhead and last season’s early closure to the 2020-2021 coastal steelhead sport fishery, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishery managers are hosting a suite of virtual public town hall meetings this summer and fall to gather feedback from the public as they prepare for...