Hatches fuel trout, crappies biting, walleyes to open. A look at Pennsylvania’s statewide fishing and hunting report for April 20, 2023.
April 20, 2023
Four toms had put on an incredible show not far from this place the previous morning. I called two of them to within 25 yards, but never got the shot I wanted with my bow.
That scenario is not uncommon. I sometimes question why I don’t get a shotgun license for spring turkey hunting. Then a hunt comes together and reminds me why I love chasing turkeys while toting a bow. Here are a few things to consider if you want to ditch the ground blind while bowhunting.
My heart began to sink just a little as I made my way to one of my favorite mushroom patches. All along the roadside and the fence rows, what was greening up and putting on a show was not the usual spring culprits.
It seems as though I’ve been watching invasive species eat southern Illinois alive for years. Still, somehow, the spread seems so much more virulent this spring, with no spot left unaffected.
Anglers fishing Iowa waters can help fisheries managers by tracking the walleyes they catch through a mobile app this May and June.
Anglers will have the chance to win numerous local prizes, worth over $6,000, in addition to $5,000 in statewide weekly prizes. Anglers who sign up for the catch photo-release tournament by April 24 are eligible to win an Early Bird drawing for a $50 gift card from Kwik Star.
The 147th walleye fishing season officially opens May 6 at Iowa’s Spirit Lake, East and West Okoboji lakes.
“Walleye populations on the Iowa Great Lakes are in very good shape,” said Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist for the Iowa DNR. “Ice didn’t leave the lakes until mid-April. Fish will likely be more active as they make up for lost time.”
Under the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitats program, property owners can elect to have their garden, backyard, woodlot or wetland officially designated as Certified Wildlife Habitat. Basic criteria must be met, and NWF provides plenty of resources for meeting those requirements, but it turns out my 3.24-acre hobby farm already qualifies, and yours might, too.