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Fishing records keep on falling in Montana

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)An 18-pound, .02-ounce walleye. A 9.58-pound largemouth bass. A 7.84-pound smallmouth bass. The fish were caught in recent months in Montana, and all three are new state records – among seven state-record fish caught in Montana waters in just the last nine months. So is there an explanation for this boom in record fish in the…

Fishing near docks? Know the state’s rules

St. Paul — If you care to see what kinds of confrontations can develop between shoreline anglers and lakeshore property owners, just search YouTube.com. There’s no shortage of examples: an angler casting close to a dock, a dock owner offended by the proximity of the angler to his or her property, a shouting match. Who’s right? In most cases in Minnesota,…

Minnesota 112-year-old bigmouth buffalo oldest age-validated freshwater fish

A 112-year old bigmouth buffalo from Minnesota blew maximum age estimates for the species out of the water, so much so that the bigmouth buffalo became the oldest age-validated freshwater fish. The supercentenarian fish was collected as part of a North Dakota State University study, and more than quadrupled a previous maximum age estimate of 26 years. That estimate was based on an Oklahoma State University analysis of six bigmouth buffalo collected in…

Carp-chaser lands Utah state record

Henry Charlier, of Boise, Idaho, landed a state-record 34-pound common carp from the Snake River on May 3. Henry wrangled the lunker carp while fishing the stretch below CJ Strike Reservoir. The fish beats the previously-held record of 30.4 pounds, set by Alexander Veenstra last December. As an avid angler, Henry enjoys the challenge of chasing big carp, which can…

No-limit fishing on Iowa lake

Anglers with a valid sport fishing license may harvest all sizes and unlimited quantities of any species of fish from Pickeral Lake by any means except by use of dynamite, poison, electroshocking devices, or any stupefying substances.

Lake of the Woods walleye population in danger?

(Lake of the Woods Tourism)Walleyes in trouble on Lake of the Woods? How can that be? Well, that’s the word, at least on the Ontario side of the big lake. Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has revealed that the Lake of the Woods walleye population is in danger and that its current fisheries are not sustainable, spelling serious…