California anglers will now be allowed to retain Canary Rockfish for 2017

  Starting in 2017, anglers will be allowed to retain canary rockfish for the first time in more than a decade. Canary rockfish was declared overfished in 2000, but the population rebuilt to healthy levels quicker than anticipated based on a combination of conservation efforts and restrictive management. “We are pleased to offer new opportunities …

California Hatchery Workers Save Millions of Trout and Salmon

02/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN   Following recent heavy rains, workers at the Nimbus and American River hatcheries labored around the clock to prevent massive debris loads from clogging the main water supply for below Nimbus Dam. Their intense efforts to clean intake structures and adjust water flows during battering winds and rains …

CDFW Now Accepting Proposals for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Projects

02/02/2017 – J. W. Snyder – SWFN   The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its 2017 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Soliciation Notice (PSN). The PSN and online grant application can be found online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/grants/frgp/solicitation. Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March …

CDFW Releases New Guide to Heritage Trout Challenge

01/19/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    300th Angler Completes Popular Statewide Fishing Challenge The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the Angler’s Guide to the California Heritage Trout Challenge, a new online tool for those interested in fishing for California’s heritage trout. The guide provides anglers with detailed …

California Fishing Report Cards Due Soon

  The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds anglers and divers that Jan. 31, 2017 is the due date for turning in steelhead, sturgeon, abalone and north coast salmon report card data. Information collected from sport fishing report cards provides CDFW biologists with important data necessary to monitor and manage California’s diverse recreational …

Last Remaining Area of Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery to Open

  The last remaining area of the California coast will open to commercial Dungeness crab fishing. The area was previously closed due to elevated levels of domoic acid. The last closed area between Ten Mile River and Shelter Cove is scheduled to open on Jan. 16. On Jan. 16 at 12:01 a.m., the commercial Dungeness …

Weekly Texas Saltwater Fishing Report

01/04/2017 – John Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    Texas Parks and Wildlife Weekly Saltwater Fishing Report   NORTH SABINE Redfish are fair to good at the discharge canal on peeled shrimp. Black drum are fair around rock groins. Sand trout are good in the deep holes on shrimp. SOUTH SABINE Bull redfish are good at …

Weekly Texas Freshwater Fishing Reports

01/04/2017 – J. W. Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    Texas Parks and Wildlife Weekly Freshwater Fishing Reports   ALAN HENRY Water clear; 48 degrees; 1.77’ low. Black bass are slow on deep diving crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits. Crappie and bass are slow on minnows. Catfish are good on rod and reel with punchbait on …

Eleven Mile State Park hosts Ice Fishing Tournaments in 2017

01/03/2017 – John Snyder – Southwest Fishing News    LAKE GEORGE, Colo. – Eleven Mile State Park will host the annual Colorado Classic Pro-Am Ice Fishing Tournament series produced by the 11 Mile Marina, starting with the Grand Slam held Jan. 7, followed by the South Park Ice Masters Traveling Trophy Feb. 4 and ending …

Crawford State Park offers free use of ice fishing gear

01/03/2017 – John Snyder – SWFN   CRAWFORD, Colo. – Ice fishing is growing in popularity and Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to make it easy for people to try this great outdoor activity. Starting Jan. 1 at Crawford State Park you can check out, at no charge, ice fishing kits and give the sport …