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Is a record fish lurking in Scofield, Utah?

Scofield Reservoir produces another record fish Scofield — If catching big tiger trout sounds like fun, you should visit Scofield Reservoir in the next few days. Zane Nielsen caught a 27-inch tiger trout at Scofield Reservoir on Feb. 15 In February, the reservoir in central Utah produced not one—but two—Utah state record fish. Catch-and-release record On Feb. 15, Zane Nielsen…

Add a bead for winter crappies and bluegills

When using a bobber for ice panfish, consider adding one 3- to 4-mm bead. For crappies and bluegills, put the bead on the line, then tie the hook on, so the bead slides up and down the line. With this tactic, we're adding some extra bulk and color to our offering. As for color, pair opposites with the bead and…

Thoughts on color and style of ice jigs

We've talked about color a lot in the past, but ice jig color came up a lot at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Show last month. In general, color and style of jigs is a frequent topic at seminars, and my standard response (and belief) is that all colors will work under certain conditions. I address this fact of fishing…

Presenting your ice offering properly

First let's chat about bobbers. A bobber is great because it allows us to immediately check the mood of the fish. The size of your bobber, which is a strike indicator and depth setter, is big factor. Generally speaking, I see ice anglers using too big of a bobber. Fish will feel that drag resistance. They'll blow out the bait…

New Catch and Release Bass Season

Sometimes a person has to consider if the "means to an end" can justify "the end." It can be a dangerous scenario. A bill is being considered right now authored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc that would establish a catch-and-release season for bass fishing from the first Saturday in March through the Sunday preceding the first Saturday in May…

Trout Hatchery Savings?

Each year, it costs more for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to raise trout, while at the same time fishing license sales decrease. No license or trout stamp fee increase is even on the discussion table – and in this economic climate, it probably shouldn't be. Expenses that increase and revenue that decreases – it is obvious that something…

Top techniques for hammering autumn walleyes

There are a number of 'best' ways to catch fall walleyes. Crankbaits via leadcore line or longline trolling lead the pack in my opinion. You'll also find me casting crankbaits at rock piles, reefs and green weed flats. When trolling cranks, I'll sticks with No. 5s, 7s and 9s, depending on how thick and troublesome weeds are. For casting, I'll…

2011 a bad year for boating fatalities

Turns out that this year will go down as a bad one for boating fatalities in Pennsylvania. We know it already. By mid-July there had already been 13, according to the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Here's the rundown presented to commissioners at their recent quarterly meeting: — Fatality 1, Allegheny River, Venango County, April 17, 3:40 p.m. on a…

Young Cincinnati bass anglers headed to state tourney

Eight members of the Cincinnati Youth Bass Club will advance to the 2011 Bass Federation State Tournament for Ohio Youth, based on total points they accrued during this year's fishing season. Central Ohio's O'Shaughnessy Reservoir will host the statewide tournament on Sunday, Aug. 21. The eight finalist anglers are Jack Tamborski, Gabe Dubois, Harbor Lovin, Max Kaufman, Noah Meiers, Garrett…

Countin' Fish on a Ladder

You've heard of shooting fish in a barrel? I met a man last week in the Pacific Northwest who counts fish on a ladder. No joke. Ron Mcpeak of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife spends his workday in a cramped cubicle inside the Bonneville Dam, counting fish – one by one – as they migrate up the Columbia…

Lake Erie fish kill not caused by VHS

Sandusky, Ohio – Testing for viral hemorrhagic septicemia in Lake Erie walleyes was negative, reports Ray Petering of the DNR Division of Wildlife. Walleyes by the thousands have been washing up on Lake Erie beaches throughout the month of May. The fish kill, however, appears to be waning, Petering says. Fisheries biologists feared that VHS may have been to blame,…

Take a ride fishing in a kayak

Fish in Minnesota can grow pretty big but the vast majority of them lack the size and strength to pull an average fishing boat any significant distance. It's really too bad. Some of the best fishing stories involve boats being dragged this way and that by an angry sea creature. In the end, it all comes down to brains and…

Stocked Trout – at what cost?

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has two serious problems that they seem to be unwilling or unable to address – disappearing stocked trout and how much their hatchery system actually costs license buyers. Raising stocked trout is a big business for the PFBC. They spend millions of dollars to raise and stock adult hatchery trout. This year, approximately 3.2…

Assessing the Health of Ohio's Waters

Ohio is among central Midwestern states targeted by a first-of-a-kind national study of fish habitats that found a "very high risk" of habitat degradation due to urban development, livestock grazing, agriculture, and point-source pollution. "Through a Fish's Eye: The Status of Fish Habitats in the United States 2010," recently released by the National Fish Habitat Board, includes a national assessment…

Not everyone loves no-kill bass regs on troubled Susquehanna River

Maybe it's just me. For the last several years I have been thinking a lot about the implications of anglers hooking and temporarily removing spawning bass from beds and making their eggs and fry vulnerable to predators such as bluegills. My son is currently conducting research with largemouth bass at the University of Illinois on the question, involving bass and…