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North Dakota Anglers Asked to Report Tagged Fish
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North Dakota Anglers Asked to Report Tagged Fish

North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries biologists tagged hundreds of walleyes in two North Dakota waters earlier this spring to determine exploitation and harvest in these popular fisheries. Walleyes were fitted with jaw tags at Rice Lake, Emmons County, and Antelope Lake, Pierce County, as part of one-year studies in both waters. Tagging fish...

112-Year Old Buffalo May Be Oldest Freshwater Fish
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112-Year Old Buffalo May Be Oldest Freshwater Fish

A 112-year old bigmouth buffalo from Minnesota blew maximum age estimates for the species out of the water, so much so that the bigmouth buffalo became the oldest age-validated freshwater fish. The supercentenarian fish was collected as part of a North Dakota State University study, and more than quadrupled a previous maximum age estimate of 26 years. That estimate was based on an Oklahoma State University analysis of...

Gulf Council Slates In-Person Meetings on Red Grouper
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Gulf Council Slates In-Person Meetings on Red Grouper

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold three in-person public hearings and two webinars to solicit public comments on Draft Reef Fish Amendment 53 – Red Grouper Allocations and Annual Catch Levels and Targets. The Council is obligated to act on the results of the most recent red grouper stock assessment (SEDAR 61...

Musky Tips from Wisconsin DNR
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Musky Tips from Wisconsin DNR

The mystique of musky fishing is based on the fish’s size, its moody behavior, the explosive strikes, and the challenge of boating one. The muskellunge has a reputation as the “fish of 10,000 casts.” While it’s true that a musky, especially a big one, is one of the most difficult trophies to come by, it’s...

Lower Willamette River Sturgeon Dates Announced
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Lower Willamette River Sturgeon Dates Announced

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Anglers will have an opportunity to retain a white sturgeon on the lower Willamette River on June 12th and 19th this year. The scheduled dates are a little earlier than last year which was the first retention season in the lower Willamette River since October 2013. The 740 fish guideline for this...

IGFA Releases the 2021 World Record Game Fishes Book
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IGFA Releases the 2021 World Record Game Fishes Book

DANIA BEACH, FL – The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recently announced the release of the highly anticipated 2021 World Record Game Fishes book, the world’s most definitive publication of recreational angling records and the organization’s signature membership benefit. The first thing to catch your eye with the 2021 IGFA World Record Game Fishes book is the...

Wisconsin Northern Zone Musky Opens May 29
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Wisconsin Northern Zone Musky Opens May 29

BARRON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that the 2021 northern zone muskellunge (musky) season will kick off May 29, 2021 and run through Dec. 31. Anglers can catch musky on open waters within the northern muskellunge management zone. All regulations and license requirements apply. “Warmer weather has opened the...

Research Quantifies Blue Catfish Eating Habits
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Research Quantifies Blue Catfish Eating Habits

Researchers have answered many questions about blue catfish — how many there are in Virginia’s tidal rivers, how fast they’re spreading to new areas, and how fast they’re growing. But one remained unanswered until now: How much do blue catfish eat in a given day? Joe Schmitt showing off his early morning catch. (Photo by...

Conservation Group Calls for 10-Year Harvest Ban on Atlantic Coast Stripers
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Conservation Group Calls for 10-Year Harvest Ban on Atlantic Coast Stripers

Striped bass, also known as rockfish, are arguably the most economically important finfish on the Atlantic seaboard. According to a 2005 economic study by Southwick Associates, commercial and recreational fishing for stripers generated more than $6.8 billion in total economic activity, supporting more than 68,000 jobs. At the time, striped bass were abundant in the...

NOAA Fisheries Requests Comment on Reef Fish Rules in Gulf
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NOAA Fisheries Requests Comment on Reef Fish Rules in Gulf

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement for Amendment 53 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of this draft environmental impact statement is to assess the environmental impacts associated with a reasonable range of alternatives intended to modify the red...