Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
February 1, 2016

Andy Whitcomb

Fish Fitness and Conservation

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Fisheries biologists use both length and weight measurements of fish to supervise the fitness of a fish. When fish achieve a specific length, the weight should fall within a certain range to be considered healthy and robust. Depending somewhat on the region, recreational anglers may prefer to measure size in either length or weight but rarely both. Anglers who fish cooler or flowing water often seek a number for fish length. Trout, walleye, or pike…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
January 13, 2016

Tom Keer

4 Ways to Think About Sustainable Fishing

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If we don’t angle for conservation then we’ll have fewer fish to catch. And since New Year’s Resolutions are a pro-active way for change and improvement I thought I’d carry that theory over in to sustainable fishing and boating. Here’s how can you help to create a healthier environment that offers more fish to catch. Think Water Quality: Fish thrive in clean water which also increases their survival rates and spawning activity. Get involved with conservation groups that support Federal…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 25, 2015

Tom Keer

Conservation Organizations Create Sustainable Fishing

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Sustainable fishing comes from proper fisheries management, proper catch and release techniques, and a whole host of other conditions.  For some, the unsung heroes are the conservation organizations that lobby on our behalf.  Oftentimes they are the linemen of our football game, and they deserve a shout out.   Remember blackened redfish that appeared on most restaurant menus in the 1980’s? Well, that delicious meal put a tremendous dent in the redfish population.  In 1977,…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
November 23, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

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It is good manners to leave things better than how you found them. When I borrow a truck, I return it with a full tank of gas. When friends give my family a plastic container of brownies, I will do my part and help pound down a few. Just to be polite. Oh, and I’ll return the container, washed and dried. I try to achieve the same thing when I go fishing and boating so…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 11, 2015

Tom Keer

Sustainable Fishing for the Future: 5 Tips

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I don’t envy fisheries managers because they’re trying to create sustainable fishing which includes catches for today as well as for the future.  Their difficult task at hand is represented in the old saying of  “You can have it right or you can have it now but you can’t have it right now.”  Take fish today and you’ll have fewer tomorrow.  Wait for tomorrow you’ll have fewer today.  It seems like a black and white…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 8, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Fishing Conservation Groups for Recreational Anglers

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Fishing conservation groups are focused on helping anglers to become knowledgeable stewards of our natural aquatic resources. Many of these groups hold regularly scheduled meetings and provide educational resources to the community — all covering topics that pertain to fishing and conservation. One of the major reasons for getting involved with fishing conservation groups is that you can learn more about conservation challenges and volunteer opportunities of particular interest in your region or area. If…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 1, 2015

Debbie Hanson

5 Facts About Sustainable Fishing All Anglers Should Know

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As recreational anglers, we should always supplement our appreciation for the sport with a high level of environmental awareness and responsibility. By practicing sustainable fishing, we can help maintain and contribute to the health of the fish species that inhabit our waterways. Many people think that sustainable fishing methods apply only to commercial fishing operations, but this isn’t at all the case. Recreational anglers can also make an impact by setting an example or sharing…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
October 12, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Keeping it Creel: A Conservation and Management Tool

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To help conserve and manage a fishery, biologists use a variety of scientific sampling methods to collect data such as seines, trap nets, and electrofishing. Angler effort and catch rate is another important aspect of fish conservation and fisheries management and a creel survey can provide some valuable information. Fisheries Management Improved by Anglers’ Answers A creel survey involves interviewing anglers about their fishing success for the day. This can be accomplished on shore, by…




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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 4, 2015

Debbie Hanson

Super Easy Ways to Increase Fish Survival Rates

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With overall U.S. fishing participation numbers up at nearly 46 million people, it’s important that all anglers take the time to learn more about how to increase fish survival rates when releasing a catch. Certain fish species may be caught out of season, may not be within the legal regulations, or may be caught just for sport instead of for the dinner table. In these situations, there are a few easy ways you can help…




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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
August 31, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Knot Now! Tangled Fishing Lines and Fishing Conservation.

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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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