Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
July 10, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Conservation through Participation

Anglers and boaters help protect our aquatic natural places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear and boat fuel sales, and much more. Here’s how it works: For more information about anglers’ and boaters’ role in preserving our nation’s waterways for generations to come, visit our Conservation Section.  

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
June 21, 2014

Stephanie Vatalaro

Gone Fishing for Summer

The first day of summer is here! Finally the long, dreary winter days feel far behind us. And really, what better way to celebrate the kick-off of summer than by spending quality time in the great outdoors? Lucky for you, June is recognized as Great Outdoors Month. And even better, Take Me Fishing™ has tons of ideas for how you can celebrate. TakeMeFishing.org provides fishing and boating ‘where to’ and ‘how to’ information so you…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 28, 2014

6 Things to Consider When Buying a Fishing License

Maybe you’ve seen your friends posting largemouth bass pictures on Instagram or were inspired by your cousin who recently reeled in a 150-pound tarpon on a trip to the Florida Keys. Regardless, all of the fishing talk, television shows, photos and stories have you intrigued. You might not have that much experience fishing, but so what? There’s only one way to gain experience — by getting out on the water and doing it. Your first…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
April 7, 2014

Questions to Ask Before Fishing Unfamiliar Waterways

Sometimes anglers get a bit overzealous in the quest for a trophy catch or food for the dinner table. We don’t always “stop for a break, before we take” like we should. Most of the time this has nothing to do with anyone meaning any harm, but rather comes from a lack of information. This is especially true when anglers leave their home waters to take a destination fishing trip. Here’s a good example: In…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
March 13, 2014

Tom Keer

How to Prevent Soft Plastics from Becoming an Environmental Nuisance

A bit over a year ago, Maine state representative Paul Davis proposed legislation prohibiting the use of all plastic worms for recreational fishing.  The proposal was hit with criticism by groups like B.A.S.S and the American Sportfishing Association until more research was conducted to see if the plastic/rubber worms were truly harming the environment. Biologists completed a study finding that plastic worms were not enough of an issue and that legislation was not needed at…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
February 21, 2014

Tom Keer

Taking Stock of Fish… Stocks

An angler measures a fish for fishing law requirements

Just last week I saw a report that shows a dramatic decline in the striped bass   For those new to fishing, you may not know the history with the striped bass population. Back in the 1980’s it was a big deal to catch a striped bass. There were bluefish, bonito, cod, and other fish to catch, but stripers were few and far between.  With the striped bass population under 5 million fish, conservation was essential. …

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 21, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Family Camping Trips

Marriage. Lotta hard work, no? To have a successful one, much compromise is needed. At least that’s what Caroline and I have found. And the most amazing middle ground we’ve ever reached just might be the one we sleep on each and every summer. You see, I’m an avid camper. I go at least four times a year. One of those excursions is my annual section hike of the Appalachian Trail. When we first met,…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 18, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fall for Fishing and Boating

Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 16, 2013

Tom Keer

America’s Guests

I’m not a sailor, but a good friend of mine is.  He refers to himself as the World’s Guest.  He climbs aboard his boat, sails where he wants to, and drops anchor for the night.  He’s not restricted to anything except the tide and the weather.  I am a camper, though, so does that make me America’s Guest?  I pull out a topo map, drive in my truck, and pitch a tent for the night.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
October 2, 2013

Tom Keer

How to Keep a Fish in the Catch and Release World

A few months ago I hooked a striped bass. The fish was clearly a migrating fish, and I knew that because of its color.  There were pronounced black lines, vibrant colors of green and purple, and it was covered in sea lice.  Resident fish adopt nature’s camouflage and turn a paler brown and white, and because I caught this fish on the flats and it still had those distinctive colors I knew it was passing…

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