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Sign-up lagging for salt registry

New York’s saltwater angler numbers have in the past been estimated at nearly 300,000. But not nearly that many anglers have signed into the n-fee registry put in place following the repeal of the state’s saltwater fishing license last year.

NY: Blackfish regs tightened for ’12

Spring season axed entirely East Setauket, N.Y. – New York's tautog (blackfish) regulations will be dramatically tightened in 2012 by a sharply shortened season and an increased size limit for both recreational and commercial anglers. The new regulations are being put into effect to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Fishery Management Plan. They may also…

MI: Salmon season is solid on Michigan

DNR announces plans to reduce stocks in Huron Lansing – While anglers fishing one Great Lake caught outstanding numbers of salmon, those fishing another made only average catches. Lake Michigan produced plenty of coho salmon, particularly early in the season. "There were nice coho fisheries in the southern part of the state, particularly New Buffalo and St. Joseph," Jay Wesley,…

IL: Versatile Bruce handling top DNR fisheries post

Springfield, Ill. – Who has been running DNR's Fisheries Division in the wake of Steve Pallo's retirement this summer? The answer is Debbie Bruce, who was promoted to acting chief following Pallo's June 30 departure. Bruce took the interim position in July, according to Illinois DNR spokesman Chris McCloud. Bruce's career background does include biology, though most of Bruce's previous…

IL: ‘Big Fish’ may have been new record

Fox Lake, Ill. – Ryan Stochl gave up the chance of putting his name in the Illinois record books so that his 50¾-inch muskie, caught on the Chain would live. But at least for Stochl, his Oct. 30 catch leads the Illini Muskie Alliance's annual Big Fish contest, which is open to members of any of the state's muskie clubs….