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Charter Fishing Boat Crew Escapes Explosion in Two Rivers Harbor

A charter fishing crew narrowly escaped injury after their 32-foot boat exploded and caught fire in the Two Rivers harbor on July 13. The incident highlights the importance of safety measures and quick response in maritime emergencie

North Dakota Game and Fish Stocks Record 12 Million Walleye Fingerlings

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has achieved a record-breaking feat, stocking nearly 12 million walleye fingerlings across the state's waters this season.

This massive undertaking, completed in collaboration with the Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery, marks a significant milestone in the department's efforts to enhance fishing opportunities throughout North Dakota.

Jerry Weigel, fish production and development section supervisor for Game and Fish in Bismarck, reported that distribution trucks covered over 12,000 miles in just two weeks to complete the stocking process.

Mass Fish Die-Off Forces Indefinite Closure of Popular California Lake

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish are washing up on the shores of Lake San Antonio in Monterey County, California, prompting officials to close the popular fishing destination indefinitely. The die-off, which began on July 4, initially affected bait fish but has since spread to larger species like catfish, bass, and trout. Bryan Flores, chief of parks in Monterey County, called it the largest fish die-off the county has ever seen.

Texas Releases Nearly 1 Billion Fish into Bays

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been putting fish back into Texas bays for 40 years. They've released almost 1 billion saltwater fish to help bring back native fish populations. TPWD planned to release the 1 billionth fish on Wednesday, but bad weather from Hurricane Beryl made them delay it. The fish they're releasing is a young red drum, a popular fish for Texas anglers.

Study Shows Hunting and Fishing Help People Care for Nature

A new study says that hunting and fishing for fun can make people better at taking care of the environment. This idea challenges the belief that leaving nature alone is the best way to protect it. Dr. Samuel Shephard, who studies fish and teaches at Ave Maria University, led the research. It was published in Nature Sustainability on July 3. The study found that hunting and fishing can help people feel more connected to nature and want to protect it.

Erie Fishers Upset About Fish Cleaning Rules

Fishers in Erie, Pennsylvania, are not happy about a rule that says they must leave some skin on their fish when using public cleaning stations. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is looking into this issue after getting complaints.

Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge Hosts Free Fishing Day for Kids

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is set to reel in young anglers with its annual "Take a Kid Fishing Day" on July 13. The free event aims to hook children on the joys of fishing while promoting public use of the refuge.

Anchorage Asks Fishers to Stop Using Lead Sinkers to Protect Wildlife

The Anchorage Waterways Council is asking people to clean up after fishing and switch from lead sinkers to safer options. They say this can help save wildlife. Trash left behind by fishers, like fishing lines, hooks, and lead sinkers, can be deadly for animals. Karen Higgs from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center says these items can wrap around birds' wings or cut off their blood flow.

California Offers Free Fishing Day on August 31

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced a free fishing day for all Californians on August 31, 2024.

Arkansas Angler Breaks State Paddlefish Record

A Northwest Arkansas fisherman has shattered the state record for paddlefish, hauling in a 127-pound, 6-ounce giant from Beaver Lake. Mike Schleeper of Garfield was trolling for striped bass Saturday morning when he hooked the massive fish. His catch handily surpasses the previous state record of 118 pounds set in 2020.

California Considers White Sturgeon for Endangered Species List

The California Fish and Game Commission has approved white sturgeon as a candidate for listing under the California Endangered Species Act, potentially impacting recreational fishing in the state.

Florida Fisherman Critically Injured in Shark Attack

A fishing trip turned into a harrowing ordeal for a Florida man when a shark attacked him off the coast of Nassau County, leaving him in critical condition.

Cheaters' Prized Fishing Boat Hits Auction Block

A high-end fishing boat, forfeited by convicted tournament cheaters, is now up for grabs in a government auction. The vessel, valued at $130,000, was surrendered by Jacob Runyan and Chase Cominsky as part of their sentencing for fraud in a Lake Erie walleye competition.

Ohio's Walleye Swims Closer to State Fish Status

Lawmakers cast their votes, propelling the walleye toward official recognition as Ohio's state fish. The House bill, introduced by Representatives Sean Brennan and D.J. Swearingen, garnered overwhelming support with a 93-4 vote. Proponents argue Lake Erie's reputation as the "walleye capital of the world" makes the choice clear.

Florida Voters to Decide on Constitutional Fishing and Hunting Rights

Florida's November ballot will include Amendment 2, a measure to establish fishing and hunting as constitutional rights. The proposal aims to preserve fishing and hunting as a "public right and preferred means" of managing wildlife, without limiting the authority of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Georgia Lawmakers Tackle Tricky Waters of Fishing Rights

A Georgia House study committee will soon wrestle with defining state waterways open for public use, a task described as daunting by Mike Worley, president of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. The panel, led by Rep. Lynn Smith and including Majority Whip James Burchett, aims to make recommendations by December 1.

Fishing Trip Turns into Massive Dog Rescue on Mississippi Lake

A routine fishing excursion on Grenada Lake took an unexpected turn when three men discovered 38 stranded hounds treading water a mile offshore. The canines, wearing expensive radio collars and white paint, had chased a deer into the lake during a fox hunt, becoming disoriented and unable to find their way back to shore.

Heavy Rains Spark Fish Kill in South Florida's Biscayne Bay

An estimated 2,000 fish, primarily toadfish, were found dead in northern Biscayne Bay following last week's torrential downpours. The affected area stretched from Morningside to North Bay Village and up to 95th Street, according to Miami Waterkeeper, a clean-water advocacy group.

Chinese Mitten Crabs Invade New York Waters, Posing Ecological Threat

The Chinese Mitten Crab, an invasive species native to East Asia, has been discovered in several New York waterways, including the Nissequogue River, the Hudson River, and the Long Island Sound. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has warned that these crabs, known for their distinctive furry claws and ability to spawn over a million eggs at a time, have the potential to disrupt local ecosystems by outcompeting native marine life.

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