Floods cause Feather River Hatchery Closure

03/15/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    Due to recent flooding from the Feather River, the Feather River Hatchery in Oroville will remain closed to the public until further notice. The hatchery’s infrastructure and public viewing areas were damaged by high flood waters, silt and debris, making it unsafe for the public …

CDFW Awards $15 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration

03/15/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 43 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds, as well as forest legacy restoration. The grants, which total $15,297,743, are distributed through CDFW’s Fisheries …

Texas Freshwater Fishing Reports

03/08/2017 – John Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    ALAN HENRY Water clear on the main lake, stained toward the river; 60 degrees; 1.65’ low. Black bass are good on shakyheads with trick worms, 7” Power Worms, swim jigs, medium and deep diving crankbaits. Crappie and bass are good on minnows. Catfish are excellent on …

New Mexico Fisheries biologist receives lifetime achievement award

03/06/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News  SANTA FE –New Mexico Department of Game and Fish fisheries biologist Marc Wethington has received a lifetime achievement award from the American Fisheries Society. Wethington, a 21-year veteran of the department, received the society’s Fish Head of the Year Award at a recent meeting in Farmington. …

California Wildlife Conservation Board Funds Streamflow Enhancement Projects

10/09/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    At the March 9th Streamflow Enhancement meeting, the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) approved approximately $20 million of Proposition 1 Funds in grants through the Streamflow Enhancement Program. The program awards grant funding on a competitive basis to projects that represent the mission of the WCB …

Texas Saltwater Fishing Report

03/08/2017 – John Snyder – S. W. Fishing News   NORTH SABINE Trout are fair to good on the Louisiana shoreline on topwaters and Corkies and in the river on shad. Flounder are fair on jigs tipped with shrimp around marsh drains. SOUTH SABINE Sheepshead and black drum are good at the jetty on live …

Nimbus Hatchery Releases 420,000 American River Steelhead

03/08/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   Nearly a half million young steelhead recently started their journey to the ocean, thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Staff at Nimbus Fish Hatchery nursed the young steelhead through several potentially devastating conditions, including drought-induced high water temperatures in the hatchery last summer and …

California’s Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Draws Record Crowd

  A record crowd of over 7,500 enjoyed the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival earlier this month at Lake Sonoma Visitor Center and Warm Springs-Don Clausen Fish Hatchery east of Healdsburg in the Russian River watershed. The event celebrated the return of steelhead to the hatchery operated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) …

CDFW set to Host Public Meeting on Ocean Salmon Fisheries

02/15/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites the public to attend its upcoming annual Ocean Salmon Information Meeting. A review of last year’s ocean salmon fisheries and spawning escapement will be presented, in addition to the outlook for this year’s sport and commercial ocean salmon fisheries. …

California Commercial Rock Crab Fishery Extends to Bodega Bay

02/10/2017 – John Snyder – SW Fishing News      Following the recommendation of state health agencies, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) announced today that it will extend the open area of the commercial rock crab fishery northward to Bodega Bay in Sonoma County. On Feb. 10 the commercial rock crab fishery is …