Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 13, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Carp Love

The common carp is so widely distributed we often forget it is a non-native species. Good luck finding a lake or river without these bottom-dwelling fish wallowing it. In many bodies of water, carp make up a majority of the fish biomass. Though highly-prized in their native Europe, the common carp makes many anglers in the U.S. grumpy. Research has shown carp to be detrimental to native fish populations and even waterfowl and game by…

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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: Tom Keer
July 10, 2014

Tom Keer

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 8, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

City Bites

When I travel I always keep my eyes open for fishing opportunities.  Even in urban areas. If there is water, there is a fishing opportunity. For urban fishing, I usually start targeting “tougher” fish such as carp and catfish.  But watch the locals. There may be some other fishing opportunities closer than you think. Here are just a few urban fishing areas: ● Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The Arkansas River skirts downtown Tulsa. A popular fish location…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
July 7, 2014

7 Hints for Happier Boating and Fishing Trips

I know, I know. Boating and fishing trips are already happy… how can you possibly make a day on the water even happier? Stay safe and plan activities to keep the family entertained while afloat. Here are seven hints for even happier boating and fishing trips: Check the Take Me Fishing list of state parks that are best for family-friendly fishing and boating trips. For example, if you live near Galveston, may want to plan…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 2, 2014

Tom Keer

Urban Fishing: Sail with the wind you’ve got

There is a boaters saying that applies to life; “we sail with the wind we’ve got.”  Sometimes we don’t get to have our cake and eat it, too, and sportsmen who live in cities usually do so for one reason: a job to take care of their families.  Sometimes it’s a virtual death sentence but sometimes it’s not so bad.  We just have to “sail with the wind we’ve got.” I grew up on a…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
July 1, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Fishing Bat Belt

For those stormy days when you can’t go fishing or boating, it is the summer movie “blockbuster” season.  Maybe there is a new superhero movie.  I understand another Batman movie in production. Batman differs from most superheroes in that he often relies on his “wonderful toys,” as the Joker once said. Some of these gadgets are kept on his utility belt. With all of the tools that can be clipped to a belt, this fisherman…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
June 30, 2014

5 Simple Reasons You Aren’t Catching Fish

Every angler has experienced at least one crummy day of fishing that they would rather just forget. As much as no one wants to admit it, most of us have come home (GASP!) skunked at one time or another. It happens. However, if your landing net actually has cobwebs in it or if you have absolutely no clue what “bass thumb” means, you should probably read on. Here are five simple reasons you aren’t catching…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
June 26, 2014

Tom Keer

It’s hard to beat a marina in the summer

Over the winter, a friend and I tried to outdo each other with the weather.  It was a perfect back and forth for on a Monday we got a foot of snow, on Tuesday he got a foot of snow, and on Wednesday I got a foot of snow.  It was a race to the bottom and by April you could have stuck a fork in us, we were done. During one of those talks…

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Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 24, 2014

Andy Whitcomb

Camp BaitaHook

The National Wildlife Federation is having a Great American Backyard Campout on June 28, 2014. Camping means roughing it, at least a little bit, getting a little more up-close and personal with nature. And because great camping spots often are in close proximity with water, this can be a golden time for some fishing. Did you forget the bait? There may be some fish tempting morsels closer than you think. ● Hotdogs.  Did one “accidentally”…

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