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Fishing Report for Southeastern Utah, March 09, 2012

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (March 09) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that fishing is generally slow in San Juan County. Some anglers were fishing Blanding #4 with lures. Recapture Reservoir is about 2/3 open water. Blanding #3, Foy, Monticello and Lloyds Lake are all still covered in ice. Anglers have not been fishing at ice-covered lakes and reservoirs. ACADEMY MILL RESERVOIR: (March…

Atlantic City and Ventnor $18 Million Beach Replenishment Project Begins in New Jersey

A major beach replenishment project is expected to start this weekend in Atlantic City and Ventnor that will protect these vital tourist communities from the effects of extreme weather while restoring storm-damaged beaches in time for the coming summer season, providing an environmental and economic boost to the state’s leading resort, Commissioner Bob Martin said today.

TX: Lake Ray Roberts Produces Toyota ShareLunker

ATHENS—Big bass are where you find them, and Stan Lawing of Poetry, Texas, proved that while fishing in a Bass Champs tournament on Lake Ray Roberts March 3. Lawing had reeled his spinner bait almost all the way back to the boat when a 13.06-pound bass took it. That fish is now Toyota ShareLunker 530. Lawing reported the fish bit…

Fishing Report for Southeastern Utah, March 05, 2012

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (March 05) Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reports that he hasn't seen an angler in San Juan County in three weeks; however, Blanding #4 is mostly open. Blanding #3 and Lloyds Lake are still iced up. Recapture Reservoir is mostly ice free. ACADEMY MILL RESERVOIR: (March 05) Access to this high elevation water is prohibited by snow. BLUE LAKE:…

Despite Decline of Smelt, Fishing on the Missouri River System Should be Good

Hydroacoustic surveys conducted by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks last July showed exceptional smelt populations in Lakes Sakakawea and Oahe. However, record releases from Garrison and Oahe dams resulted in substantial losses of smelt from the reservoirs during the later stages of summer. Dave Fryda, Missouri River System supervisor for the…

Springtime in Florida brings freshwater fishing, boat access

Fish Busters' Bulletin March is prime freshwater fishing season for many species of fish, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sunfish such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to find suitable spawning habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep) with sandy or firm soils and nearby vegetation tend…

Undercover operation reveals exploitation of Florida fish and wildlife resources

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers completed a comprehensive investigation Wednesday that included more than 300 criminal violations by 56 individuals in Putnam, St. Johns, Alachua, Volusia and Marion counties. The 15-month operation targeted individuals who illegally harvested, bought and sold protected species of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. Charges include 34 felonies and 280…

Alabama's Snapper Season Likely Shortest Ever

Although it won’t be set in stone (printed in Federal Register) until after the April meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the 2012 red snapper season is almost certain to be the shortest on record at about 40 days. At the most recent meeting, held at the Riverview Plaza in Mobile, the council approved and took final…

Fishing Report for Northern Utah, March 09, 2012

BEAR LAKE: (February 16) Biologist Scott Tolentino reports that Bear Lake still has quite a bit of floating ice, mainly concentrated in the area north of Garden City. The fishing is red hot! There is a lot of ice off the Utah State Park Marina and launching is not recommended there, but boats can be launched at First Point, Rainbow…

Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report March 01, 2012

Fishing Highlight of the Week: Lake Dunn in Village Creek State Park near Wynne produced a 16 pound, 5 ounce largemouth Feb. 28. If everything holds, this will be the new state record largemouth bass, surpassing Aaron Mardis’ 16 pound, 4 ounce largemouth caught March 2, 1976 at Mallard Lake. Click the link to read this week’s Arkansas Outdoors newsletter…

Fishing Report for Southern Utah, March 01, 2012

BAKER RESERVOIR: (March 01) Anglers report slow to fair fishing. Rainbow trout, including some brood fish, were stocked recently. There is no ice on the reservoir. Winter is a good time to target brown trout with minnow-imitating lures and flies. BARKER RESERVOIRS (NORTH CREEK LAKES): (March 01) Most of the lakes on Boulder Mountain are closed to fishing until April…

PF&BC gets a cut of gas fee

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed Marcellus shale impact fee legislation that will collect $180.5 million statewide in fees for drilling activity done in 2011 and as much as $355 million in 2015, according to some estimates from Republican lawmakers.

River bass malady spreads

Since 2005, the appearance of diseased, intersex smallmouth bass and sudden fish kills on the lower Susquehanna River have increasingly alarmed anyone who fishes or cares about the river.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announces new Chief of Enforcement

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has named Jeff Crow as its new Chief of Enforcement. Most recently Crow served as the Law Enforcement Management Specialist for the University of Arkansas’s Criminal Justice Institute. Following an extensive search and interview process the Commission accepted AGFC Director Loren Hitchcock’s recommendation to select Crow for the position recently vacated…