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Oklahoma Fishing Report for February 29, 2012

This fishing report information is provided by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.   CENTRAL Hefner: February 27. Elevation below normal and rising, water 44-47 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits at 6-20 ft. along rocky bank. Smallmouth bass fair on jerk baits and crankbaits at 6-20 ft. along rocky banks. White bass fair on jigs at 12-20 ft….

Fishing Report for Central Utah, February 29, 2012

BURRASTON PONDS: (February 29) Conservation Officer Jay Topham reports fair to good fishing this week with various baits. CANYON VIEW PARK POND: (February 29) The pond will open to fishing on April 1. DEER CREEK RESERVOIR: (February 29) Conservation Officer Orin Neal is telling anglers to stay off any ice at Deer Creek Reservoir. Four people recently fell through in…

MD: BPW Approves Preservation Of 342 Acres In Frederick, Queen Anne’s And Washington Counties Through Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

Annapolis, Md. – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 342 acres of streamside forests, natural areas and wetlands, including properties in Frederick, Queen Anne’s and Washington Counties through the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement option. “Thanks to these Maryland landowners, our State will continue to see enhanced natural areas and improved water…

TX: Fish Hatchery Closure Possible Due to Drought

ATHENS-Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) may temporarily close the Dundee Fish Hatchery near Wichita Falls during the upcoming production season due to a declining water supply. "Although we have not officially made the decision to suspend operations at Dundee for 2012, it looks like we will not have water to operate this spring, and we do not plan to…

ID: Commission increases steelhead limits in Upper Salmon

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission Thursday morning, February 16, increased the bag limits for steelhead in part of the upper Salmon River, effective immediately. The daily limit is six steelhead, 18 in possession and 40 for the spring 2012 steelhead season. The increase affects river sections 15 through 19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek –…

UT: Fishing Report DWR Southeastern Region

ABAJO MOUNTAINS: (February 03) A week ago, Conservation Officer Dennis Shumway reported slow fishing on the San Juan arm. Thin, dangerous ice covers Recapture Reservoir, Blanding #3, Blanding #4 and Lloyds Lake. ELECTRIC LAKE: (February 03) Angler Larry Duzenack reports good fishing for 14- to 18-inch trout. FERRON RESERVOIR: (February 03) Fish were removed from the reservoir last fall and…

Study: Lake Erie suitable for carp

Lake Erie and some of its biggest tributary rivers have just the right water temperatures and other characteristics needed for greedy Asian carp to make themselves at home, says a federal study.

Youngster rips state fish record

The 15-year-old freshman at Rockford Auburn High had been curled up on the floor of his father’s 1973 14-foot Starcraft after a morning of fishing on the Pecatonica River on Jan. 7.

NY: Blackfish regs tightened for ’12

Spring season axed entirely East Setauket, N.Y. – New York's tautog (blackfish) regulations will be dramatically tightened in 2012 by a sharply shortened season and an increased size limit for both recreational and commercial anglers. The new regulations are being put into effect to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Fishery Management Plan. They may also…

MI: Salmon season is solid on Michigan

DNR announces plans to reduce stocks in Huron Lansing – While anglers fishing one Great Lake caught outstanding numbers of salmon, those fishing another made only average catches. Lake Michigan produced plenty of coho salmon, particularly early in the season. "There were nice coho fisheries in the southern part of the state, particularly New Buffalo and St. Joseph," Jay Wesley,…

NY: Monster muskies spark talk of new world record

Clayton, N.Y. – A pair of huge muskies caught last month in the St. Lawrence River have once again fueled talk that a world record fish is swimming in that popular water. Daniel Polniak, Jr., of Ogdensburg (St. Lawrence County) caught and released a 60-inch muskie that weighed an estimated 60-65 pounds while fishing with Capt. Rich Clarke of Sign…

IL: Versatile Bruce handling top DNR fisheries post

Springfield, Ill. – Who has been running DNR's Fisheries Division in the wake of Steve Pallo's retirement this summer? The answer is Debbie Bruce, who was promoted to acting chief following Pallo's June 30 departure. Bruce took the interim position in July, according to Illinois DNR spokesman Chris McCloud. Bruce's career background does include biology, though most of Bruce's previous…

BOC: Increase license fees

Fishing and hunting license fees should be increased and restructured, as the DNR has proposed, to keep the Game and Fish Fund solvent, according to a citizens group that oversees agency expenditures.

IL: ‘Big Fish’ may have been new record

Fox Lake, Ill. – Ryan Stochl gave up the chance of putting his name in the Illinois record books so that his 50¾-inch muskie, caught on the Chain would live. But at least for Stochl, his Oct. 30 catch leads the Illini Muskie Alliance's annual Big Fish contest, which is open to members of any of the state's muskie clubs….

MI: Study: Mercury levels in fish higher than expected

Detroit – While environmental controls have limited the amount of new mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region, a recent study reveals levels of mercury found in some species of fish in Michigan waterways have continued to increase. A report issued by the Biodiversity Research Institute, Great Lakes Commission in Ann Arbor and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse noted that…

OH: DNR fisheries chief to retire

Columbus – For as long as he can remember, Ray Petering's best pose was with a fishing rod in hand. The Cincinnati-area native is the executive administrator for fish management with the DNR Division of Wildlife. But Petering has announced that he will be retiring at the end of December, becoming the latest in a long line of experienced and valued…

MI: Bowfishing, spearing regulations revamped

Lansing – A proposal to revamp Michigan spearing and bowfishing regulations, including opening up about half the lakes currently closed to the fishing method, is getting mixed reviews. The Bowfishing Association of Michigan calls the package "excellent," according to its president, Steve Winters, of Manistee. He said it increases the species bowfishers can take, and establishes year-round shooting. But the…