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
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: Andy Whitcomb
November 4, 2015

Andy Whitcomb

Catch and Release: On Your Terms

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Many anglers like to harvest fish for dinner every now and then. Regulations for selective harvest may even be beneficial for the management of a fishery, by reducing the number of stunted fish, for example. But, the practice of “catch and release” is tremendously important. As author Lee Wulff wrote, “… fish are too valuable to be caught only once.” Unintended Catch and Release However, the first part of this sustainable fishing method is the…




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Posted by: Tom Keer
November 4, 2015

Tom Keer

Fishing Etiquette: 6 Unspoken Rules

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Hitting the water should be fun and relaxing, and fishing etiquette keeps stress levels down and enjoyment up at your favorite local fishing spots.  Here are 6 unspoken rules that will help to remove the heartburn that comes from arguments. Don’t Crowd other Anglers.  Leave ample room between you and fellow anglers either when wading or boating.  Fishing cheek-to-cheek usually results in tangled lines and creates a lot of unnecessary stress.  There isn’t a rule…




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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: 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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Posted by: Bruna Carincotte
April 23, 2015

Catch and Release. Why?

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For many people who fish there are few things as rewarding as a fresh fish meal after a successful day on the water.  Sometimes releasing caught fish is the law and sometimes it’s a choice. If it’s a choice, why would anyone give up that tasty treat? When it comes to deciding whether or not to catch and release fish, there are many things to consider. As a first place to start, it’s important to…




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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

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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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