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‘An instant fishery’

That’s the case with a lot of the younger walleye fisheries in the state now. Still, while word of a good walleye bite can lure ice anglers from afar, when a North Dakota lake is rumored to be kicking out nice perch, off-the-beaten-path waters can turn into small towns overnight.

Sturgeon tagged 26 years ago resurfaces – in the same location

(Photo by Amanda Higgs/Cornell Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)Hudson River Estuary — Recently, while working on a two-year shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) stock assessment in the mid-Hudson River tidewater, biologists caught a shortnose sturgeon that had been tagged 26 years ago in the same location. The fish had been tagged during the last population estimate…

Boy spearheads effort to return Arctic grayling to Michigan

(Michigan DNR photo)ROYAL OAK, Mich. — To understand how a 9-year-old boy became a champion of a fish that hasn’t been in Michigan for 85 years, we should first tell you about the love between the boy and his grandfather. When Declan O’Reilly was born, his granddad didn’t buy him a teddy bear but a stuffed fish. When Declan visits…

A new Pennsylvania walleye record?

On a recent fishing outing, this Pennsylvania angler first caught an 18-inch sauger and then a 27-inch walleye – it weighed 9-1/2 pounds. “I was ecstatic about that,” he said of those two fish, likely the latter near-trophy walleye in particular. Ecstatic might not begin to describe how he was about to feel. For the story, click here. Categories: News,…

This angler’s math might be off, but fishing prowess adds up just fine

McKeever Dahlberg (left) and pro Drake Herd (right) with their Day 1 bag at the National Walleye Tour Championship in Minnesota. (Photo courtesy of Dahlberg family)Miscalculations can be costly in fishing tournaments. But for this Billings, Mont., teenager, a competitor on the National Walleye Tour, a math snafu provided only some unexpected theater – and a moment he’ll never forget….

DNR says common carp fish kill caused by KHV

The Michigan DNR has completed its investigation of the common carp mortality on Lake Orion in northeast Oakland County that occurred in mid-to late July. With the assistance of the Aquatic Animal Health Laboratory at Michigan State University, it has been determined and confirmed that the common carp fish kill was caused by koi herpesvirus (KHV – cyprinid herpesvirus 3). “As…

Understanding the muskie effect

Bemidji State University graduate student Kamden Glade and Dr. Andy Hafs, professor of biology, conducting research. (Photo courtesy of BSU)Bemidji, Minn. — For graduate student Kamden Glade, Bemidji State University is a place that brings back fond memories of being outdoors and spending time on the lake. In addition to the nostalgia brought on by the shores of Lake Bemidji, Glade…

Crappie records fall in New York

The huge crappie was weighed at a local market. (Facebook/BlackHorse Farms)Not only is this fish the first white crappie to break the 4-pound mark in New York, it’s the biggest crappie of any kind ever caught in the state. For the complete story, click here. Categories: News Tags: Crappie, Fishing, New York

Muskie reportedly bites swimmer in Lake St. Clair

A muskie – not this one – reportedly bit a swimmer in Lake St. Clair.What was meant to be a typical Friday morning training session for a Windsor, Ontario, swimmer, turned into a fight with one of the larger freshwater fish found in the Great Lakes region. Matt Gervais, who has competed in triathlons for more than 20 years, was bitten…

Natural reproduction of lake trout in Lake Erie

Jason M. Robinson, the leader of Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit (left), and James L. Markham, fish biologist with the Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit, tag lake trout on Lake Erie in 2017, leading to discovery of the lake trout fry. (Photo courtesy of the NYSDEC)In a major announcement within the world of fishing, the New York Department of Environmental…

Walleye boom on Oneida Lake?

The New York DEC has proposed regulations to increase the daily possession limit of walleye in Oneida Lake from 3 fish/day, to the statewide daily possession limit of 5 fish/day. This proposal stems from annual monitoring efforts that have shown a steadily increasing population. In 2020, an estimated 1,200,000 walleye were present in the lake. Although the numbers have rebounded tremendously since…

Devils Lake walleye, perch, white bass numbers booming

(Devils Lake Tourism)Summer fish population surveys by North Dakota fisheries crews peg Devils Lake walleyes, perch and white bass all doing exceptionally well. “The test netting results showed numbers for all species up over last season and most considerably higher than traditional averages,” said biologist Todd Caspers.” Walleyes caught in test nets were 32.4 fish per net this summer.  The long-term…