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Catching – and releasing – the crappie of a lifetime

(Photo via Instagram/Wyatt Williams)The numbers are what panfish anglers’ dreams are made of: a crappie measuring 17.75 inches, with a 15-inch girth, weighing just over 3 pounds. Panfish enthusiast Wyatt Williams caught – and released – that dream fish on a Twin Cities metro lake recently. Check out the details of his epic catch in an Instagram post here. While an…

Angler gets paid $61K in a year for catching non-native fish

(www.usgs.gov)The Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program pays people for catching pikeminnows on the Columbia and Snake rivers. One Washington state angler made a whopping $61,000 this past year – and next year, there’s an opportunity to make even more in the bid to reduce the numbers of these fish, which are voracious eaters and reportedly consume millions of young salmon and…

‘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…