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AR: 2012 high school fishing world final returns to Lake Dardanelle

RUSSELLVILLE – High School anglers near and far will come together again at Lake Dardanelle State Park, July 15-21, for the 2012 High School Fishing World Finals. Last year, over 600 attendees made up of high school anglers, family members and sponsors enjoyed the opening ceremonies to kick off a week-long family vacation with tens of thousands of dollars in…

AR: Commission approves trail grants for local communities

LITTLE ROCK – Last month, Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved up to $1 million for the Wildlife Observation Trails Pilot Program. The trails program grants were recommended by a committee of local and state agencies, along with several local and state officials. Money for the projects is a result of the AGFC’s oil and gas leases…

Eight Arkansas recreational facilities are moving ahead

LITTLE ROCK – Eight outdoor recreational facilities will be built with $500,000 approved at a recent meeting of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The projects are in cooperation with the Arkansas Department of Rural Services and are a result of action taken in the 2011 session of the General Assembly. All of the facilities will be open to public…

AR: Get hands-on education and prized fish during spring break

LITTLE ROCK – The Family and Community Fisheries Program is presenting some unique angling opportunities at each of the four Arkansas Game and Fish Commission nature centers around the state. Hundreds of rainbow trout and channel catfish are being stocked to provide some exciting opportunities for families during spring break. As an added incentive, 25 fish at each nature center…

AZ: Game and Fish Commission meets March 9

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is meeting starting at 8 a.m. March 9 at the department headquarters on 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix. Members of the public can attend in person, view the meeting through a webcast at www.azgfd.gov or view the proceedings via video teleconference at any of the Game and Fish Department’s six regional…

AZ: Imagine getting a rebate for buying a fishing license

Imagine getting a rebate for fishing? Well, guess what? You can now get a rebate for having or buying a 2012 Arizona Fishing License, thanks to a promotion by Shakespeare. Here’s the deal. Buy any two Shakespeare products (such as the Ugly Stick) that total $40 and a 2012 Arizona Fishing License (or show proof that you have one), submit…

AZ: Fishing Report March 7, 2012

Rory’s tips: Come see me 7 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore (just east of Loop 101 and Shea Blvd in the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center, 10500 N. 90th Street) where I will be autographing the Official Arizona Fishing Guide book that Game and Fish put together in conjunction with Arizona Highways Magazine. We can chat about fishing,…

FL: Hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Levy Co.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Levy County. The class is March 3 at 8 a.m. until completed. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete this classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. The location for this class will be given to those…

KS: Meade hatchery prject producing bass earlier

Early propagation program helping bass survival and growth rates MEADE — Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) fish culturists are producing largemouth bass earlier, giving them a head start on bass hatched with traditional hatchery methods or those hatched in the wild. Now in its fourth year, a bass propagation project at Meade Fish Hatchery, near Meade State…

KS: Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting March 22 in Topeka

Big game and turkey regulations to highlight public hearing; audio/visual streaming available TOPEKA — The Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission will conduct a public meeting and hearing on Thursday, March 22, at the Kansas Historical Society History Center, 6425 SW 6th Avenue in Topeka. The afternoon session will begin at 1:30 p.m. and recess at 5 p.m., and the…

KS: Paddlefish snagging season opens March 15

Anglers should be aware of rules, areas open; season runs through May 15 PRATT — Many anglers in eastern Kansas look forward to March 15, when the Kansas paddlefish season opens, running through May 15 at specific locations. Once water temperatures near 60 degrees, paddlefish make the annual spawning run. Some snagging areas, such as the Neosho River in Chetopa,…

Maryland Weekly Fishing Report March 07, 2012

Although it is not officially spring there are a lot of signs in nature that it is not far away. Last Thursday the spring peepers let loose in my neighborhood due to flooding in nontidal woodlands and yesterday blue-winged teal were moving through the region beautifully decked out in their breeding plumage as they headed north. Just about everyone has…

MT: Hunter Education Classes Scheduled in Hinsdale

Youngsters and others who need to complete their hunter safety education coursework can do so next week in Hinsdale. Instructor Gifford Fjeld said the classes will start the evening of March 12 at the Hinsdale School. The remainder of the schedule will be determined at the first session, as well as the date for a mandatory field day event. For…

NM: Weekly Fishing Report March 7, 2012

This fishing report, provided by the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers, anglers, guides and local businesses. Conditions may vary as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Charette Lakes – Opened March 1. Fishing is fair for trout and perch. Cimarron River – More water…

OR: Hagfish harvest topic of ODFW public meeting

NEWPORT – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host two public meetings in Astoria and North Bend to evaluate the status of the Oregon Pacific hagfish resource and fishery. In 2010, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set a state harvest guideline of 1.6 million pounds, which was subsequently exceeded in both 2010 (1.8 million pounds) and 2011…

OR: Hood, Deschutes rivers open for chinook on April 15

THE DALLES, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the popular spring chinook fisheries on the Deschutes and Hood rivers will open April 15. Deschutes River According to Rod French, ODFW fish biologist, managers are predicting over 14,000 hatchery fish will return to the Deschutes, one of the largest returns since the hatchery program began…

WA: Federal panel adopts options for ocean salmon sport fisheries

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will likely see a higher catch quota for chinook salmon this year, while the quota for coho is expected to be similar to last season, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today. Three ocean salmon-fishing options approved today by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) anticipate an abundance…

WA: DNR to reopen trails and trailheads in Mount Si NRCA Friday, March 9

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that it will reopen the Mount Si and Little Si trailheads and trails at 8 a.m., Friday, March 9. The area was closed to public access after a single-engine airplane crashed in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) on February 15. Initially, the area was closed…

CO: Beginner class for wildlife transport in the Colorado Springs area

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hosting a volunteer training on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for volunteers interested in helping respond to and transport sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife in the Colorado Springs area. The goal of the program is to transport these animals to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for treatment and eventual…

OK: Fishing Report for March 7, 2012

White bass should start to fun at Broken Bow Lake in the next two weeks. Start making plans to go fishing now. CENTRAL Arcadia: March 4. Elevation below normal. Crappie slow to fair on jigs around docks and points. Report submitted by Chance Whiteley, game warden stationed in Oklahoma County. Hefner: March 6. Elevation below normal and rising, water 48-52…

NH: Public hearings set for proposed 2012 wildlife rules changes

CONCORD, N.H. — Proposed rule changes affecting hunting and trapping seasons in New Hampshire for 2012 and 2013 will be discussed at three public hearings being held by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department on the following dates and locations: * Monday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. – Keene High School, 43 Arch Street, Keene, N.H. 03431 * Wednesday, April…

CO: Pronghorn to be studied in Western Colorado

DELTA, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists and managers have started a study in western Colorado to try to determine why the population of a small herd of pronghorns is not growing. In an area of Delta and Mesa counties, just southwest of the Grand Mesa, is a herd of about 100 pronghorns descended from animals transplanted to the…

NV: Fishing Report 3/7/2012

LAKE MEAD – Striper action has slowed considerably this week and high winds have hampered anglers or kept them off the water altogether. Some fish are on the skinny side and anglers are generally finding them in deep water. Stillfishing with cut anchovies is producing a few fish. When they have been able to get on the water anglers have…