Fishing News


Fish biologists relocating catfish to Musselshell River

“For the first time in more than 20 years the middle part of the Musselshell River has native catfish.

This relocation was made possible by a natural disaster and the response by water users to improve the river.

So the neat part of this is we have some dams that were lost, unfortunately to the landowners,” Mike Ruggles said. “But for the fishes’ sake now we have opened up larger chunks of habitat that we hope these fish can recolonize and become part of a fishery up there that’s really been lost in the last twenty years.”

By Winston Greeley MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks | Posted September 20, 2015


Indiana Stepping Closer To New Rules Aimed At Ensuring Catfish Population

“UNDATED) – Indiana is a step closer to new rules aimed at ensuring the state’s catfish populations continue to include large “trophy” fish.
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission gave final approval Tuesday to new rules t raise the minimum size from 10 to 13 inches for catfish caught in rivers and streams, including the Ohio River, and limit the number of large catfish caught in lakes, reservoirs, streams and rivers (including the Ohio River) to no more than one each per day of channel catfish at least 28 inches long, blue catfish at least 35 inches long, and flathead catfish at least 35 inches long.”

By WBIW | Posted September 18, 2015


Indiana panel gives final approval to new catfish rules

“INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is a step closer to new rules aimed at ensuring the state’s catfish populations continue to include large “trophy” fish.

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission gave final approval Tuesday to new rules that raise from 10 to 13 inches the minimum size of catfish that can be taken by anglers. The rules also limit the number of large channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish that anglers can take per day.”

By Associated Press | Posted September 17, 2015


Long Island Sees a Crisis as It Floats to the Surface

“RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — The dead turtles, about 100 of them, started washing ashore near here in late April. Then came the dead fish, in numbers no one had seen before. By this week, tens of thousands of fish carcasses had bobbed to the surface of the Peconic River, which runs along the southern border of this town, and in adjoining Flanders Bay, washing ashore in putrid drifts……”

By  KIRK SEMPLE | Posted June 5, 2015

California Drought Is Killing Fish

“Their populations dwindling, Northern California’s fish suddenly are taking a leading role in the drought-related drama gripping the state. State regulators, alarmed at declining numbers of winter-run Chinook salmon, acted in late May to temporarily curtail the flow of water from Lake Shasta, hoping to cool the giant reservoir’s waters and prevent another massive die-off of juvenile fish. The move means less water, at least for the time being, for farmers and urban Californians downstream…..”

By Dale Kasler and Phillip Reese | BY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE | Posted June 8, 2015


Congress' changes to fishing law spark concern

“The U.S. House passed a bill last week to renew sweeping legislation that governs fisheries in U.S. waters, prompting concern from local and national commercial fishing groups.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act, enacted in 1976, was designed to preserve fisheries and prevent overfishing….”

By Chris Leblanc | Posted June 7, 2015


Historic agreement between Cherokee Nation and state of Oklahoma expands hunting and fishing rights for Cherokees

“AFor millennia, we Cherokees have provided for our families by hunting and fishing the lands. Even before European encroachment, it’s how we fed our communities, clothed our children and crafted tools. Hunting and fishing are not simply honored traditions in our Cherokee culture, it’s what kept us alive and sustained us. It is and was our basic way of life. We had full reign of the land when our ancestors lived in the southeast United States, and we retained those rights by an 1828 treaty with the United States that carried over to our removal to present-day Oklahoma….”

By  Chief Bill John Baker | Posted June 4, 2015


Decision on salmon vs. coal showdown at Chuitna postponed until fall

“Alaskans will have to wait until fall to learn if salmon habitat prevails over a coal mine proposed for Upper Cook Inlet.

A decision due earlier this month by the state Department of Natural Resources has been delayed until after a public hearing later this summer, said Ed Fogels, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources…”

By Laine Welch | Alaska Dispatch News | Posted May 22, 2015


Taking the Bait

Archaeologists say that the earliest fish hook ever discovered is 42,000 years old, and for most of that long history angling (fishing with a hook and line) was a democratic food-gathering technique by its very nature. The skills involved weren’t prohibitive, and it was easy enough to make one’s own tackle from available materials.

By the time fly-fishing arrived in the Rocky Mountain West in the mid-19th century, Jen Corrinne Brown shows in “Trout Culture,” it had been transformed into a luxury as much as a necessity… ”

By JOHN GIERACH | WSJ | Posted May 22, 2015


Grant program would pay for cleaner Columbia

Oregon delegates and Northwest tribal leaders are pursuing a $50 million federal grant program to improve water quality in the Columbia River Basin.

The Columbia River is a major source of renewable energy, food and jobs throughout the Pacific Northwest…

By George Plaven | East Oregonian | Posted May 20, 2015

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Ceremonial first fish of Copper River salmon season arrives in Seattle

The ceremonial first fish of the Copper River salmon season arrived Friday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on an Alaska Airlines jet painted like a giant fish…

By Associated Press | Alaska Dispatch News | Posted May 15, 2015


Panel votes against fishing pact with tribes

The tension increases between the state and Native American tribes, after a legislative committee voted against a bill that called for shared management of commercial fish species….

By Kayla Binette | WCSH 6 | Posted May 14, 2015


Whitefish are the fish of spring in Interior Alaska

In my view, whitefish are better eating than grayling. Their meat is firmer. Grayling are spring spawners and tend to be mushy well into June…

By John Schandelmeier | Alaska Dispatch News | Posted May 12, 2015


Today in 1979, tribes win in court

This piece is the first for The Living Memory Project, an occasional series connecting the past to the present in Northern Michigan.

On May 7th, 1979, Judge Noel Fox ruled in favor of three Indian tribes in a dispute with Michigan over fishing in the Great Lakes…

By PETER PAYETTE | Interlochen Public Radio | Posted May 7, 2015


New tribal fish group aims to help manage Kuskokwim fisheries

Almost as soon as the newly formed Kuskokwim River tribal fish group convened its first meeting this week, the challenge of managing declining king salmon was apparent…

By Lisa Demer | Alaska Dispatch News | Posted May 6, 2015


Tribes, fishermen warn about Canadian mines

For 43 years, the waters of southeast Alaska have called to Seattle fisherman Pete Knutson. He’s worried the bountiful waters are facing a danger of magnitude never seen before.

“People say, ‘The oceans are dying.’ Well, they’re not dying everywhere on the planet,” he said…

By Alison Morrow | KING 5 News | Posted May 6, 2015


Elvers prove elusive in cold spring waters

The Maine elver fishing season is more than halfway done, but the tiny juvenile eels that can provide a year’s worth of income from a 10-week season have been hard to catch….

By  Stephen Rappaport | The Ellsworth American | Posted May 6, 2015

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Warming waters pose dangers to Arctic cod, research finds

The first successful captive rearing of Arctic cod is revealing important information about a species that spends critical parts of its life beneath Arctic ice, scientists say…

By Yereth Rosen | Alaska Dispatch News | Posted May 2, 2015


Tribal fishing on the Klamath River

The Klamath River flows out of the high deserts of southern Oregon, bending southwest across the state line and then plunging through thickly forested canyons before emptying into the Pacific Ocean on the Northern California coast. …

By Terray Sylvester | High Country News | Posted April 27, 2015


Feds Set Sights on Red Drum

Exempted fishing permit targeting breeder red drum sets stage for fish grab

By Coastal Conservation Association Posted April 13, 2015

The federal government’s management of Gulf fisheries has created some of the most chaotic, dysfunctional and unsatisfactory fisheries in the country, and now it seems that…


Lost Opportunity for State Management of Red Snapper


The organization says allowing the federal government to continue to manage Gulf red snapper is a recipe for disaster.

By Keep America Fishing Newswire Posted March 25, 2015

After years of federal mismanagement of Gulf of Mexico red snapper, the Gulf states have declared that they’ve had enough. Based on the lessons learned in successfully…


Missouri Man Receives Award for State-Record Spoonbill

Nobody has to tell Andy Belobraydic III that Missouri is a great place to fish. He discovered that for himself. The Richwoods angler landed the Missouri State Record paddlefish (spoonbill) March 22 on Table Rock Lake. Belobraydic’s fish weighed 140 pounds, 9 ounces and bested the standing record of 139 pounds, 4 ounces, also caught at Table Rock…


Oklahoma Alligator Gar Record - Crushed!

The monster fish was 97 3/4 inches in length, 44 inches in girth and weighed 254 pounds, 12 ounces…

Lakes and rivers in Mohave County are seeing less fish, hurting the hatchery businesses in the area.

At Rusty’s Riviera Marina, owner Rusty Braun depends on anglers who load up on bait and tackle before heading to Lake Mohave along the Colorado River.

Rainbow trout are the biggest draw, he says, because those are easier for kids to catch in the cool water released from Hoover Dam. The anchovies he sells are a popular bait for those.

But business has suffered since last year, when a pipeline at Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery 50 miles upstream stopped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from stocking trout on Lake Mohave.

“It really took effect, especially when it first happened,” Braun said. “People kept coming in to fish for trout, but there wasn’t any, so that whole group was just gone.”

The problem began in August 2013, when a pipeline feeding water to the hatchery became clogged, cutting off the supply to raceways used for rainbow trout and killing tens of thousands of fish. The pipe broke a few months later, killing even more fish and leaving the hatchery unable to stock the lake with trout.

The hatchery continues to breed endangered fish by using another pipeline that works only when the lake is high enough and by filtering and reusing water. Lately some of that capacity has been used to raise 20,000 trout donated by the Arizona Game and Fish Department that will be released in October.

Before the damage, Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery was stocking 144,000 rainbow trout annually and kept a one-year supply of trout on hand. Mark Olsen, the hatchery’s project manager, said in a typical week the hatchery would release anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 trout into Lake Mohave.

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Channel Catfish are one of the largest fish found in Northern Virginia. They can grow to almost four feet long and up to 50 pounds, however they are usually much smaller. It is not uncommon to see a fish three feet long and twenty pounds.Channel Catfish are usually slender and mostly bluish-gray. The sides may be light blue or silvery with scattered black spots, and the belly is white.

Channel Catfish have a large flat head with large eyes. They have an overbite and eight barbels (whiskers) around their mouths.They can also be identified by their caudal (tail) fin, which is forked.Channel Catfish live in rivers, lakes, ponds, and large creeks. They usually hide under logs, rock ledges, muskrat houses, beaver dams, or undercut banks. They also hide along weedy shores.

Channel Catfish spawn (mate) in late Spring and early Summer. First, the male finds a good hidden, dark spot. He then waits for the female to show up. After mating, the male chases the female away. He will guard the yellowish egg mass by himself.The male guards the eggs from predators, including other catfish. He himself will sometimes eat some of the eggs.

After the fry (young catfish larvae) hatch, he will guard them until they are big enough to go out on their own.Small Channel Catfish eat mostly aquatic insects, small crayfish, and other invertebrates (animals without backbones). When they get older, Channel Catfish will eat aquatic insects, clams, snails, mussels, crayfish, leeches, fish, terrestrial insects (land insects that fall in the water), earthworms, amphibians, and occasionally a small bird or mammal. They will also eat some aquatic plants, algae, and seeds that fall in the water.

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Channel Catfish feed mostly at night, and they are most active from sundown until midnight. Some fishermen swear that catfish feed more when there is a full moon. Channel cats use their barbels to locate food on the bottom, such as clams and leeches, but they are not strictly bottom feeders. These catfish will take swimming animals and food from the surface as well.
As a defense, Channel Catfish have a mild venom in their pectoral fins (on the chest) and dorsal fin (on the back). Their main predators are larger fish, especially from the Sunfish family, and birds, such as osprey, eagles or herons.



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