Location: Waters of the Columbia River and tributaries from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam.
Species affected: White sturgeon
Effective Dates: Nov. 4 through Dec. 31, 2012.
Reason for action: Recreational harvest is approaching the (300 fish) guideline for The Dalles Pool.
Additional Information: White sturgeon retention continues in The Dalles Pool through the scheduled three-day retention period of Nov. 1 through 3 (Thursday, Friday Saturday), then closes Nov. 4 for the remainder of the year. Catch-and-release regulations remain in place.
Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facilities, Delaware State Parks
will close at 5 p.m. Sunday until further notice for expected storm
DOVER (Oct. 26, 2012) – All Delaware State Parks and DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife facilities – including state wildlife areas – will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 in anticipation of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy’s projected path through and impact on the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware.
Division of Fish & Wildlife closures include duck blinds that are located in the wildlife areas. All wildlife areas, state boat ramps and fishing access areas will be closed until further notice.
In anticipation of the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection has issued an Administrative Order prohibiting the harvest of shellfish from all state waters effective immediately after sunrise (7:24 a.m.) on Monday, October 29, 2012.
Reports of cool weather and the onset of hunting season draw many outdoor enthusiasts to the field, but Nov. 1 also marks an important day on the water - the opening day of Oklahoma's winter trout season.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation operates two year-round trout fisheries - at the Lower Mountain Fork River (LMFR) and the Lower Illinois River - but seasonal opportunities exist in several other areas, including Lake Pawhuska, Robbers Cave, Blue River, Lake Watonga and Lake Carl Etling.
Unfortunately, the Quartz Mountain trout fishery in southwest Oklahoma will no longer be stocked with trout as a result of golden alga blooms. Golden alga is a microscopic organism that, under certain conditions, can produce toxins that cause extensive fish kills.
Fish kills from golden alga have been confirmed at Roosevelt Lake and biologists are continuing to monitor the situation, advised Arizona Game and Fish Department officials.
“Golden alga can produce a toxin that affects gill breathing organisms,” said Marc Dahlberg, acting Fisheries Branch chief. “This toxin is not known to be a health threat to humans.”
This most recent fish kill follows on the heels of a golden alga caused fish kill on approximately 20 miles of the Salt River just upstream from Roosevelt Lake during July.
The current fish die off at Roosevelt appears to be lake wide, affecting primarily gizzard shad, a species that is sensitive to the golden alga toxin. Approximately 30 to 40 large (13- to 15-inch) dead gizzard shad in various stages of decay can be found throughout the lake on a regular basis.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is urging lake service providers to complete mandatory aquatic invasive species training and obtain a permit before providing services.
The final two training sessions for 2012 are being offered at following locations:
Monticello, Oct. 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Monticello Community Center.
Ottertail, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Thumper Pond Resort.
Service providers are individuals or businesses who install or remove water-related equipment such as boats, docks, boat lifts or irrigation equipment from waters of the state. State law now requires them to obtain a DNR permit before providing any services.
New legislation that went into effect on July 1 specifies that boat and yacht clubs and marinas that provide services as part of a membership fee are lake service providers and do require a lake service provider permit.
New record blue cat betters old record by more than 8 pounds
PRATT—After the required 30-day waiting period, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has officially recognized a 102.8-pound blue catfish as a new state record. Rob Stanley, of Olathe, caught the fish, which bests the former state record blue by more than 8 pounds.
When Stanley hooked into a blue catfish while fishing the Missouri River on August 11, he was pretty sure it was bigger than most he’d caught. Stanley had taken a 70-pounder from the Kansas River earlier in the summer, and this fish was showing his heavy tackle surprising power as it bulldogged in the big river’s muddy current.
The ShareLunker Club Tournament (SCT) is back again this year on Lake Conroe, Oct. 1 – 21, 2012. Once again, members will have the opportunity to compete for $100,000, and this year, participants will also be competing against the world’s top anglers.
To participate in the tournament, anglers will need to first register and become a SCT member, and then fish on Lake Conroe between Oct. 1 – 21, 2012. A $100 fee is required to become a member and only pre-registered members will be eligible for the $100,000 prize. The member that catches the largest Toyota ShareLunker from Lake Conroe during the Tournament Period will win a cash prize of $100,000. A portion of the program proceeds will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s youth outreach programs.
PHOENIX – Seven tons of smiles are heading to the Urban Program lakes in the Phoenix and Tucson areas the week of Sept. 17-22.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department once again will be stocking the Urban Program Lakes every other week this fall with a total of 7 tons of channel catfish that weigh around 1 to 2 pounds each.
“Anglers have been anxiously awaiting the resumption of our catfish stockings following the summer lull when it’s too hot to make fish deliveries,” said Eric Swanson, Urban Fishing Program manager.
The urban catfish stocking has become an autumn harbinger. “We are able to stock these lakes in the fall because the nights are longer and cooler, which means the urban lakes are cooling down into prime conditions for fish,” Swanson said.