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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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 21, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Why We Love Fish Conservation Projects (and You Should, Too)

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When you have a “less than stellar” day of fishing, which excuses do you use? My list tends to include things like the weather, a lack of bait, the wrong bait, the fact that I forgot my lucky fishing hat or the fact that another boat or person was in my favorite spot. While any day on the water is a good day in my opinion, you may also be a bit like me and…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 20, 2014

Tom Keer

Conservation Programs for Which we Give Thanks

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and as I’ve looked at the world around me I realize that I have a tremendous amount for which to be thankful.  One topic that seems to be very full is fisheries and habitat conservation. Let me share with you 3 projects east of the Mississippi that make our days on the water a whole lot more enjoyable.  Happy Trout and Steelhead Huron Pines, a non-profit conservation organization focusing…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 17, 2014

Debbie Hanson

5 Key Benefits of the Sport Fish Restoration Program

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Did you know that you are helping to support the Sport Fish Restoration Program when you buy fishing tackle, fishing equipment and boat fuel? It’s true! Every time you shop where there is a Sport Fish Restoration Program logo, you are helping to support conservation efforts. So, get outdoors, do more of what you love (fishing and boating) and help protect our state fisheries at the same time. The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 10, 2014

Debbie Hanson

Fishing Licenses and Boat Registrations Help With Conservation

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The card or slip of paper in your wallet issued by your state fish and game agency, the paperwork on your boat, the identification numbers on your hull… sure, they are required by law, but what do they mean beyond that? More than you might think. Your fishing license and boat registration not only provide you with the ability to spend quality time on the water with your friends and family, but also help contribute…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 6, 2014

Tom Keer

License Sales: Where Does the Revenue Go?

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Sometimes, I flinch when I buy things. Insurance, that necessary evil, is one that I pay for every month but never seem to use.  Gasoline for my truck; seems like every time I turn around I need to pump some more.  I wonder about some of the expenses, but I never second guess buying my fishing license. Funding for fish stockings in streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes come from license sales.  To a large extent…

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