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Indiana man pleads guilty to illegally importing more than a ton of live catfish into Illinois 

SPRINGFIELD – An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to importing more than 2,600 pounds of live channel catfish into Illinois without a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the agency announced. Importing fish or other animals without permission poses a risk to the state’s native wildlife populations. Michael Sullivan of Griffith, Indiana, entered a negotiated guilty plea…

Pair accused of cheating in big Lake Erie walleye tourney

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyan, who were leading both the tournament and the LEWT Team of the Year competition, were disqualified when the tournament director cut open the five fish they had entered to find that they were allegedly stuffed with eight pounds of lead weights and fillets from smaller walleyes. 

Bassmaster Elite Series Mississippi River event decided by 4 ounces

Bryan Schmitt, of Deale, Md., has won the 2022 Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River with a four-day total of 63 pounds, 4 ounces. (Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.)LA CROSSE, Wis. — Persistent refinement put Bryan Schmitt on track to sacking up a four-day total of 63 pounds, 4 ounces and claiming his second blue trophy at the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at…

Partnership restores brook trout in five ponds within five years

Native brook trout migrate in a waterway in Maine. (Freshwaters Illustrated photo by David Herasimtschuk)A fine mist rolled off the surface of Round Pond as morning dawned over the White Mountain National Forest in Albany, Maine. An elderly man and his granddaughter carried a red Old Town canoe down the gravel embankment, fly fishing rods in hand. Somewhere in the…

St. Lawrence River/Eastern Basin Lake Ontario bass survey

It’s no secret that Lake Ontario’s Eastern Basin and St. Lawrence River largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries are among the best in the country. Information on angling participation associated with these fisheries has not been collected in several years. DEC is in the early stages of evaluating these fisheries for the development of potential management strategies. As a first step,…

Massive crappie kill in Indiana lake

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. — State DNR fisheries biologists have collected fish and water samples at a northeastern Indiana lake as the result of a fish kill involving thousands of crappies, the agency said Thursday. The fish kill began earlier this week at Loon Lake in Whitley and Noble counties. Samples were provided Wednesday to the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at…

Carp’s one-day journey amazing, concerning

Silver carp can weigh 20 to 40 pounds pounds and can leap high out of the water.The silver carp reportedly traveled roughly 35 miles upriver against strong current, from La Crosse to just north of Winona, in less than a day – the farthest north a tagged silver carp has made it in the Mississippi River. For the story, click…