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Missouri Paddlefish Season Begins March 15
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Missouri Paddlefish Season Begins March 15

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Imagine catching a giant, prehistoric fish whose ancestors swam during the time of dinosaurs. That is a reality for thousands of paddlefish snaggers during Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish snagging season. Paddlefish — named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts — are an ancient species that can grow to seven feet and weight more...

Elmer’s Island to Open March 5 with Shuttle Service
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Elmer’s Island to Open March 5 with Shuttle Service

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will reopen Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge on Friday, March 5, 2021. The refuge has been closed since November 2020, due to the severe damage caused by Hurricane Zeta. Road repairs and several other projects have been completed during the closure to restore the area and to improve...

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Spring Chinook Salmon Season Set for Lower Columbia

OLYMPIA – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon on Tuesday approved this year’s spring Chinook season for the lower Columbia River, with low returns expected to once again impact recreational fishing. The 2021 forecast for upriver spring Chinook numbers just 75,200 fish, which would be the second-lowest return in the past 20 years, and lower...

Lake Michigan Whitefish Virtual Meeting March 1
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Lake Michigan Whitefish Virtual Meeting March 1

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be developing new regulations for the lake whitefish commercial industry. To gain stakeholder participation from a wide variety of sources, the DNR will host a virtual public meeting to hear from anyone interested in Lake Michigan whitefish and discuss the lake whitefish rules for the...

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Florida Protects Spawning Fish at Western Dry Rocks

At its February meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a proposal to protect multi-species fish spawning aggregations near an area known as Western Dry Rocks. “This decision is based on sound science conducted not only by FWC but also by partners at Bonefish & Tarpon Trust,” said FWC Chairman Rodney Barreto....

Florida FWC Seeks Input on Snook, Reds and Trout
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Florida FWC Seeks Input on Snook, Reds and Trout

FWC wants your input on snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in SW Florida At its February meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to gather public input on the future management of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in the area of southwest Florida where they are currently catch-and-release only. This came...

Forecasts Released for Pacific Salmon
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Forecasts Released for Pacific Salmon

  OLYMPIA – Washington salmon seasons are likely to once again be limited by low returns with a few potential bright spots in 2021, state fishery managers announced today at a meeting to present salmon forecasts for the coming year. Cooperatively developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and co-managers, the forecasts...

Rockfish Conservation Area Maps Coming for California Anglers
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Rockfish Conservation Area Maps Coming for California Anglers

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce new map-based flyers and an updated online web map will soon be available to assist recreational anglers with Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) waypoints and boundaries on the CDFW website. These new flyers will be available in anticipation of the upcoming recreational boat-based groundfish...

Alabama Triggerfish Season Opens March 1
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Alabama Triggerfish Season Opens March 1

The Alabama season opener for gray triggerfish in state and federal waters is March 1, which marks the first season that reporting of triggerfish and greater amberjack becomes mandatory in the Alabama Red Snapper Reporting (Snapper Check) System. The gray triggerfish limit is one per person with a minimum size of 15 inches total length....

Vermont Ice Anglers Must Removed Shanties by March 28
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Vermont Ice Anglers Must Removed Shanties by March 28

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice weakens, according the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.   The shanty must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday...