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Ice Fishing Creel Survey Underway on Lake Champlain

To gain a better understanding of angler use and expectations while also informing management actions on Lake Champlain, DEC is conducting an ice fishing creel survey. From now through March anglers coming off the ice will be asked to participate by providing information about their day of fishing and allowing DEC creel agents the opportunity...

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Oregon Fish Restoration/Enhancement to Video-Conference Jan. 27

SALEM, Ore. — ODFW’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board will meet by teleconference on Wednesday, January 27 from 8:00 a.m. until noon. The meeting will occur via conference call. Members of the public may call and listen in to the meeting. The agenda and call in number are available at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/RE/docs/board/2020/11-2020%20RE%20Meeting%20Agenda%20Teleconference.pdf The meeting agenda includes...

NY DEC Sets New Management Plan for Panfish
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NY DEC Sets New Management Plan for Panfish

If you’ve ever fished for bluegill, pumpkinseed or crappie, you know that not only are they fun to catch, but also that they make an excellent meal. What if you had the opportunity to catch even bigger sunfish and crappie (think dinner plate size)? DEC just released a draft sunfish and crappie management plan that...

Sheepshead in New York Waters
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Sheepshead in New York Waters

Sheepshead is one of three Sparidae (porgies) species in the estuary. Others are the pinfish and the scup. All three are important recreational and food fishes and sheepshead are the largest, reaching three-feet-long and weighing 20 pounds. They are found along the coast from Cape Cod south along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts where they...

1st Legacy Class Largemouth of 2021 Caught at Sam Rayburn
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1st Legacy Class Largemouth of 2021 Caught at Sam Rayburn

Angler Travis Moore reeled in a 13.44 pound Largemouth Bass at Sam Rayburn Reservoir during the Bass Champs tournament Saturday, January 9. This is the first Legacy Class catch of the 2021 ShareLunker season. “This was one of the best days of my life,” added Moore. “I’ve caught a few 12 pounders and hand full...

Red Tide Returns to Florida’s Lee, Collier Counties
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Red Tide Returns to Florida’s Lee, Collier Counties

A patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida. K. brevis was detected in 39 samples over the past week, with bloom concentrations (>100,000 cells/liter) observed in 26 of those collected from Lee and Collier counties. Additional details are provided below. In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in...

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Oregon DFW Delays Non-Native Gamefish Management Changes

SALEM, Ore.—The Commission decided to delay adoption of any Non-Native Gamefish Management Policy to allow for more engagement and discussion with all stakeholder groups. The policy will provide direction on the management of non-native game fish to ensure the Department’s actions to establish, maintain, enhance, or constrain non-native game species are consistent both with the...

ODNR Offers $500K in Grants to Improve Boating Access in 2021
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ODNR Offers $500K in Grants to Improve Boating Access in 2021

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Parks and Watercraft is offering $500,000 in grants to improve boating access for hand-powered watercraft at public facilities across the state. Applicants may request up to $75,000 for a single project during the grant period. “Ohio has experienced extraordinary growth in paddle sports...

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Biologists on Ice on Maine Lakes this Month

When you see the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife patch on the ice, it isn’t always a Maine Game Warden.  Fisheries biologists spend the winter collecting important fisheries data by conducting winter creel surveys on the ice.  Anglers can expect the biologist to ask a bunch of questions and the answers to those...

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Last Reminder–Fish Free in Wisconsin this Weekend

MADISON, Wis. – Grab your gear and get fishing Jan. 16-17 during the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Winter Free Fishing Weekend. This event is a great time to discover the fun and excitement of winter fishing without a license or trout stamp. Anglers can fish any water bodies in the state where there is an...