Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

Fishing line is a critical component of fishing. It allows us to cast bait or lures and then reel it back in, hopefully with a fish attached. That is, if all goes well. Sometimes tangles occur. Even tournament pros have casts that go awry and create massive “bird’s nests.” Here are a few steps for handling tangled fishing line: 1. If using a spinning reel, close the bail so no more line joins the ruckus.…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
August 16, 2015

Debbie Hanson

The Lionfish: A Crazy-Looking Saltwater Fish

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If you happen to come across a crazy-looking red or brown striped saltwater fish that has 18 venomous spines and appears to have swam straight out of a National Geographic documentary, your first instinct is probably going to be to swim in the opposite direction… until you learn more about this saltwater fish species and how you can help wildlife officials keep its population numbers in check. Lionfish Invasion Native to the reefs and rocky…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
August 12, 2015

Tom Keer

Catch and Release: When to Keep Your Prize Fish

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The issue of game fish conservation weighed heavily in my hands, about 17 pounds to be exact.  My wife Angela had just done great job reading the water, she made a good cast, and she expertly swam a soft plastic fishing lure.  It was no surprise when the striped bass blew up on it, and she set the hook, steered the fish from the rocks, and put it where it belonged- in our net. Now…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 12, 2015

Debbie Hanson

10 Surprising Ways You Can Help With Fishing Conservation

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You may be surprised to learn that even the simple act of purchasing your fishing license helps to contribute towards fishing conservation efforts. However, purchasing a fishing license is just the first step. There are several other surprising ways you can help with fishing conservation this month, in honor of National Great Outdoors Month, or anytime. Know the current fishing regulations for your state. When you have knowledge of the fishing regulations, you won’t mistakenly…




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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
June 2, 2015

2015 Top 100 Family-Friendly Places to Fish and Boat!

Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S.

We are very pleased to announce the 2015 Top 100 Places to Fish and Boat in the U.S! More than 23,000 outdoors enthusiasts cast their votes and helped us to develop this year’s list. The America’s Top Places to Fish and Boat Sweepstakes received over 280,000 votes for almost 250 parks across the country. The criteria for the Top 100 places included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, good…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
April 23, 2015

Tom Keer

Earth Day: Don’t Trash your Mother Earth

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We just celebrated the Earth Day which is a form of Mother’s Day, and in this instance we should be good to our Mother Earth.  While I don’t cotton to wearing tie-dye, I do believe in this one core philosophy: the cleaner and healthier our environment the better sporting experience we enjoy.  When fishing and boating, pack out what you pack in.         Monofilament lines don’t breakdown very easily, and if a…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
March 29, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Super Cool Secrets About Fish Stocking

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Fish populations are managed in a number of ways, but one of the most important ways is through federal or state-initiated fish stocking efforts. Fish stocking uses hatchery-reared fish to enhance existing fisheries and build populations of certain species within particular bodies of water. Here are five super cool secrets about fish stocking efforts that you may not know: Certain states offer opportunities for private ponds and lakes to be stocked if an application is…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Stocking Fish: Should Waters Be Stocked with Non-Native Species?

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  Stocking fish has been a regular practice since Fred Mather obtained German brown trout eggs in 1883.  After a few years of growth in New York and in Michigan hatcheries some 4900 brown trout fry were stocked into the Baldwin River which is part of Michigan’s Pere Marquette River system.  They were a huge hit and were so well received by the angling community that by 1900, 38 states received stockings of these fish. …




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 26, 2014

Tom Keer

Many Hands Make Light Work

A clean resource is a healthy resource

One day last fall, I was walking the beach and saw a tangle of monofilament fishing line washed up on shore.  There were a bunch of gulls and terns walking around it and I figured they’d get caught in it and it’d create a mess.  I stopped and grabbed it and started pulling.  From the looks of it someone had hooked a big fish that pulled out a bunch of line and then broke off. …




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 22, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

The Big Fish Picture

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The number and size of fish caught by anglers are the most popular information. This is called “Catch Per Unit Effort” by fisheries biologists. However in an attempt to grasp the full underwater picture, they will use a range of sampling techniques. Each method has a degree of sampling bias or selectivity for a species or a size, so biologists must consider such factors as: time of day, season, temperature, habitat and turbidity of the…




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