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Trigger Winter Bass With Jerkbaits Cold north winds are beginning to blow. Across the north, lakes are skimming over with ice, and storage yards are filling up with shrink-wrapped boats. Further south, leaves are falling from the trees, while throngs of outdoors enthusiasts flock to the fields in pursuit of winged or four-legged game. Back on the water, surface temperatures...
Fall is here, and in a matter of days, the Harvest Moon will be upon us. This is a magical time of year for fervent walleye anglers, when many of us launch the boat during the dinner hour and fish well into the night, with rod tips and tackle boxes illuminated by the light of the full moon. Rapidly...
Big Bass Bash
San Antonio, TX - Registration is now open for the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley which is set to take place on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing, TN on March 14 & 15. This popular event is a two-day big bass tournament with four weigh-in sessions each day -- and prizes are awarded to...
Walt Warren (left) of Edenton, N.C., won the 2018 Fish With Randy Howell Sweepstakes. Warren will get the chance to fish with 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell (right) on Lake Guntersville in October. The value of his prize totals $30,000. Photo by: Photos by Walt Warren and B.A.S.S.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When Walt Warren started entering B.A.S.S. sweepstakes in 2013, he thought he had a chance to win, but it took five years of persistence for it to come to fruition. After 125 entries, Warren won a brand-new bass boat and a chance to fish with 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell.   “I still can’t believe it,” the Edenton,...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Mobility and versatility were the keys ingredients for Lakeland, Fla., pro Bobby Lane who completed the wire-to-wire win at the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open at Big Lake Toho Marina with a three-day total weight of 60 pounds.   After buoying his performance with a massive Thursday limit of 31 pounds, 7 ounces, Lane entered Friday with...
The warm months of summer are the perfect time to start, or continue, a long-term love affair with smallmouth bass. Few finned adversaries are as easy to locate, willing to strike, and enjoyable to catch as these bronze bombers, and their broad distribution from the wilds of Canada through the Deep South means that summer smallies are accessible to...
Walleye
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Preliminary results from surveys in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate more great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. For the second straight year, Ohio’s data points to an exceptional walleye hatch, the second-highest in the history of the survey, and the yellow perch hatch...
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries management staff are considering changes to freshwater fishing regulations at water bodies located in Cooke, Tom Green, Grayson, and Williamson counties for 2020-21. Staff previewed the potential changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at their meeting this week in Austin. At Moss Lake near Gainesville in Cooke County, staff are considering modifying the 14-inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass to a 16-inch maximum length limit to encourage the harvest of smaller fish. This change would aim to reduce competition for forage and habitat and improve the growth potential of largemouth bass in the lake. Additionally, this change would reduce confusion for anglers with identification of spotted versus largemouth bass in the lake. At Lake Nasworthy near San Angelo in Tom Green County, staff are considering modifying harvest regulations for crappie by removing the current 10-inch minimum length limit. The change would allow anglers to harvest some of the abundant crappie smaller than 10 inches with the aim of helping to restructure the crappie population in the reservoir, where fish are currently found to have below-average growth and many die of natural mortality prior to reaching 10 inches in length. At Lake Texoma and the Texas waters of the Red River below the Denison Dam, staff are considering modifying harvest regulations for blue, channel, and flathead catfish to standardize the regulations for these species on both sides of the reservoir and the river. For blue and channel catfish, the potential changes would specify no minimum length limit, a 15-fish daily bag limit, and anglers could harvest only one blue catfish 30 inches or greater. For flathead catfish, the change would specify no minimum length limit and a five-fish daily bag limit. In addition to standardizing regulations with Oklahoma and making harvest limits less complicated for catfish anglers, the potential changes could increase protection of larger blue catfish on the Texas side of the river. At Brushy Creek Lake near Cedar Park in Williamson County, staff are considering modifying harvest regulations by changing to the statewide 14-inch limit for largemouth bass. On the section of Brushy Creek downstream from the lake to the Williamson/Milam County line (approximately 50 miles), staff are considering the following changes: for blue and channel catfish, reducing the daily bag limit to five fish per day and removing the minimum length limit; and implementing a pole-and-line only, two rod maximum gear restriction to reduce the potential overharvest of fish caught by other means. Standardizing the catfish limits and legal gear requirements would result in anglers fishing under the same regulations for the reservoir and the creek downstream. In January, Inland Fisheries staff will present these possible changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. If the Commission approves, the proposed changes will be published in the Texas Register, which begins the process of official public comment. Prior to that, anglers wishing to comment on the potential changes can direct them to Ken Kurzawski, TPWD Inland Fisheries Director of Information and Regulations, by email at ken.kurzawski@tpwd.texas.gov or phone at 512-389-4591.
AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries management staff are considering changes to freshwater fishing regulations at water bodies located in Cooke, Tom Green, Grayson, and Williamson counties for 2020-21. Staff previewed the potential changes to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission at their meeting this week in Austin. At Moss Lake near Gainesville in Cooke County, staff...
Day 4 Champion Wesley Strader Elite Kentucky Lake, TN 2018
PARIS, Tenn. — The final day of the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Kentucky Lake presented by Abu Garcia threw Wesley Strader the right pitch, and he knocked it out of the park. Strader, a first-year Elite Series pro from Spring City, Tenn., caught a final-day limit of five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 11 ounces and earned his first Elite Series...
Trout Stream Habitat Improvement in Northeastern Vermont LEWIS, Vt. – The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is celebrating eight years of trout stream improvement efforts in northeastern Vermont. Trout thrive in streams that are complex -- what some would call messy. That complexity often comes from trees that fall into a stream, creating a mix of pools and shallow areas that...

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