Concerns about striped bass could impact fishing season
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Concerns about Virginia's striped bass population could scuttle the fishing season for larger-sized fish in parts of the state.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Researchers at North Carolina State University say they found high levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in alligators and striped bass in the Wilmington...
Largemouth bass virus found in 2 additional Michigan lakes
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — A largemouth bass virus has been found in two additional lakes in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.
The state Department of Natural Resources in October announced that the virus that affected fish in the early 2000s in southern Michigan lakes was confirmed in Cedar Lake in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula.
Fish virus confirmed in lake in northeastern Lower Peninsula
GREENBUSH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A largemouth bass virus that affected fish in the early 2000s in southern Michigan lakes has been confirmed in a lake in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced Monday the virus was a factor in a fish kill in Cedar Lake in Alcona and Iosco counties. Additional lakes are being examined.
State wildlife council approves some fishing rules changes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Wildlife Council has approved changes to bag and size limits for fish in some bodies of water.
The council recently approved changes to allow a year-round open season for black bass in the Lake Erie sport fishing district.
Biosphere 2 legacy lives on more than quarter century later
ORACLE, Ariz. (AP) — They lived for two years and 20 minutes under the glass of a miniature Earth, complete with an ocean, rain forest, desert, grasslands and mangroves. Their air and water were recycled, and they grew the sweet potatoes, rice and other food they needed to survive.
US Marshals Museum searches for Bass Reeves’ relatives
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has an impressive collection of guns and documents related to famed Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. Almost a year out from a planned opening of the new $60 million museum, it's the lawman's family tree the curator wants most.
Michigan man catches rare orange smallmouth bass
NEWAYGO, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man has caught a rare orange fish on the Muskegon River.
Paul Gillis caught the fish Saturday while on a fishing trip with his brother and daughter, MLive reported .
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Officials say disease didn't kill the thousands of fish found dead along the shore and in a western Nebraska lake.
The fish kill was reported May 26 at Lake Maloney, which sits about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south of North Platte. Most of them were white bass.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the examinations of carcasses indicated several possible causes for the fish deaths.
With climate change, black sea bass numbers increase
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It may be time for local eateries to explore black sea bass recipes. Warmer waters off Rhode Island have caused a spike for this species, and loosened regulations are reeling fisherman in.
The Providence Journal reports the population of the black sea bass has spiked off New England's coast and is becoming increasingly important to the area's fishermen.
Heading north up the Atlantic coast, the Tour de France enters Brittany where shellfish and refreshing white wines await at the end of Stage 4 on Tuesday.
The rolling route starts at the coastal town of La Baule before running inland and then turning sharply back to the coast 195 kilometers (121 miles) later in Sarzeau.
It could make for an awkward afternoon as the main parties involved in Chris Froome's recently concluded doping case will likely be brought together.
IRMO, S.C. (AP) — Officials have released the name of a man who whose body was pulled from a South Carolina lake over the weekend.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said in a news release the victim was 64-year-old Henry Alexander Bass of Cordova.
Officials say Bass had disappeared while swimming in Lake Murray on Saturday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has extended the season and increased the possession limit for recreational black sea bass fishing.
The state Department of Environmental Management says the changes reflect the "robust status of the black sea bass stock" in the northern Atlantic Ocean.
The season is now open from June 24 through Dec. 31.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned after he slipped below the surface of a northern Colorado lake.
Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg tells Steamboat Today that 64-year-old David Bass, of Hutchinson, Kansas, did not have any heart issues and was "a very healthy man" when he drowned at Steamboat Lake on Friday.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a man who went missing in a northern Colorado lake.
Largemouth and smallmouth bass season opens Saturday
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The regular bass season covering all waters in the state opens Saturday.
Anglers are permitted to keep five bass that are 12 inches or larger in size. Special regulations exist on certain waters. Anglers are advised to check the current fishing regulations in areas where they fish.
Anglers in many sections of the state already have been able to catch and release for largemouth and smallmouth bass. That season ends Saturday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two lawsuits have been settled after a crash on a South Carolina lake that killed two men last year.
David Bruce Dyer was driving a powerboat on Lake Murray northwest of Columbia when it ran crashed into a bass boat April 21, 2017. The crash killed 37-year-old Danny Phillips and 28-year-old Shawn Lanier on the fishing boat.
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Wyoming record-breaking largemouth bass caught
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Caleb Salzman was just as open-mouthed and shocked as the Wyoming record largemouth bass he hooked.
"It was crazy," Salzman said.
In a desperate dash to save itself and spit the hook lodged firmly in its mouth, the huge bass sliced through the water of Kleenburn Ponds toward Salzman.
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A college laboratory has solved what has been a maddening 13-year mystery: what killed so many of the prized smallmouth bass in the lower Susquehanna and Juniata rivers, beginning in 2005?
The answer — a shocker to Pennsylvania and federal investigators — is largemouth bass virus.
It's a disease that was known to be present in Susquehanna smallmouths but had been ruled out early on because it was thought it couldn't harm them.
ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a boater is missing after a large wave threw him out of a bass boat on a South Carolina lake.
Officials say two men were trying to make it back to shore as a storm moved in around 9 p.m. Sunday when the wave threw them both out of the boat on Lake Hartwell near Anderson.
Authorities say one man made it back to the boat and called for help, but the other hasn't been seen since.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health is advising people not to eat any fish from Lake Elmo or any smallmouth bass from Lake Harriet under its updated fish consumption guidelines.
The two lakes are among six Twin Cities area lakes and a stretch of the Mississippi River where health officials previously advised limiting consumption of certain species to one meal per month due to contamination from a chemical known as PFOS.
BULLHEAD CITY — “It’s time to be out fishing,” proclaimed Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina in Bullhead City. “We have it all locally.”
By “all,” Braun is referring to stripers and trout, obviously, and largemouth bass. Throw in an occasional smallmouth bass, carp or catfish and the area does, indeed, have a lot to offer anglers.
The latest revelation is the bite of the largemouth.
Most of the million-plus Texas anglers who primarily target largemouth bass, the nation’s most popular sport fish, will brag that their state is home to the most abundant, diverse and high-quality bass fisheries in the country.
Early results from the 2018 ShareLunker program give those anglers and the Texas fisheries managers who oversee those fisheries ammunition to support that claim.
With about 450 lakes and streams open to public fishing, deciding where to fish in Nebraska can sometimes be challenging. Daryl Bauer, Game and Parks fisheries outreach program manager, has provided some useful tips.
Remember like 15 years ago when people were putting those Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish on their walls? Well at least ONE person still has one, Dave's Dummy of the Day.
He's a 54-year-old guy named Gregory Carney in Sebastian, Florida, and he lives with his 52-year-old boyfriend Larry Timmerman. They've been together for 17 years.
Howdy everyone! I hope you have weathered the weather. Boy that sounds wrong, but I’m leaving it. Rain, wind, hail, and sun all on the same day! It’s been a smorgasbord of seasons lately and I have to confess I’m enjoying it. There’s something about the shop stove throwing off heat and making it comfy inside as the wind blows through the vents and the rain pounds on the windows.
Beaver Lake anglers prep for prime fishing in April
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — A parade of fins is on the march during spring. An eager audience awaits relaxing in lawn chairs on shore or seated in boats.
Anglers can't see the conga lines of walleye and white bass migrating from Beaver Lake up the White and War Eagle rivers. They know it's show time when fish bite lures like it's their last meal.
LOREAUVILLE — What a way to break the ice.
The first bass Keith Price hooked, boated and slipped into the livewell Wednesday while fishing with Dan Price, his nephew, during the second Wednesday Night Hawg Fight Bass Tournament Series was their biggest of the evening and, as it turned out, the biggest in the 31-boat field of Acadiana bass anglers who fished Lake Fausse Pointe.
MANY — All Mike O’Brien saw was a tell-tale swirl after casting a wacky worm behind a large log lodged against a cypress tree on a shallow, main lake point around midday Friday at Toledo Bend.
“I told Mel (Melanie O’Brien, his wife), ‘I shouldn’t do this,’ ” O’Brien said about throwing behind an obstruction.
More than 9.1 billion gallons of water were flushed from Alamo Lake and into the Bill Williams River last month, but Havasu residents have expressed concerns that something more than water made the transition.
Bet on boat ramps rimming Texas reservoirs and bays being much busier than usual this week as a triad of concurrent events - spring break, the shift to daylight saving time and, most important, a general outbreak of outstanding fishing - conspire to draw a wave of anglers to the water in a piscatorial version of March Madness.
Spring's been running late in most of Texas, the USA National Phenology Network announced earlier this week. It's been about 10-14 days behind the 1981-2010 average in the eastern half of the state, figures the consortium of government, academic and private organizations tracking the seasonal shift based on vegetation changes.
The Del Bar sign may say prime steaks, seafood and sandwiches, but customer service could be up there, too.
Owner Jane Wimmer described customer service as the intangible thing you can take home and adore for the rest of time, not just in the moment you’re eating.
“It’s just something that’s indelible in your brain,” she said.
Owner Jeff Wimmer said the single, most important thing is the staff.
LOREAUVILLE — A University of Louisiana at Lafayette Fishing Team member made a statement, and how, that he’s out to defend his Catahoula Bass Association Angler of the Year title with a dominant catch in the opener on Feb. 18.
LOREAUVILLE — There’s a new fish to beat in the Big Bass Spring contest started this year on Lake Fausse Pointe by Ricky Watkins of New Iberia.
The contest’s founder said he was fishing in a heavy rain around midday Friday when he set the hook and reeled in a 5.92-pound bass that wrested the lead away from Breaux Bridge bass angler Drew Rivet’s 5.78-pounder, which was the pacesetter after it was weighed in at Marsh Field Boat Landing on Feb. 7.
Galveston - Guide James Plaag of Silver King Adventures reported good catches of trout on Bass Assassins while wading. Redfish have been steady as well.
Matagorda - Guide Lee Warmke reported good catches of trout and redfish. Guide Charlie Paradoski reported limits of trout on Bass Assassins.
Baffin Bay - Guide Chad Peterek reported easy limits of trout and scattered redfish while wading. Several trout in the 6-7 pound range have been released.
Why do people fish?
All you need is a quick look around to see there are as many reasons to fish as there are anglers. People fish as an excuse to go to unique settings (think largemouth bass fishing in Mexico), to be successful in challenging situations (think Railroad Ranch on the Henry’s Fork in Idaho) or to catch one’s first fish (think new angler going to First Dam on the Logan River).
Jeff Knapp: Target bass of first warm days of spring
As a full-time guide, one of the questions I’m most often asked is, “When is the best time to fish a river for smallmouth bass?” The fact is, all seasons, from early spring until late fall, have the potential to be great. That said, when it comes to big numbers of bubba-sized smallies, when you hit things right, early spring often produces the best days of the season.
"You hear that?" Lewis Homburg asked with a smile.
The sound drifted to us across a matrix of water, willow-topped islands and stands of sawgrass, coming from somewhere near the skeleton-like forms of winter-stripped cypress trees marking where the Brazoria County private lake on which we floated played out and yielded to the Columbia Bottomlands forest. A low rumble carried on a strong, damp, warm south wind.
Lake Havasu fish abundant this year, Game and Fish officials say
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials met with Havasu boaters on Tuesday to discuss the state of Lake Havasu at an annual open house. There, the department showed Havasu’s fish populations to be healthy and abundant this year.
Rule against keeping 15-to-19-inch bass to end at lake
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A rule against anglers keeping 15-to-19-inch (38-to-48-centimeter) largemouth and spotted bass is nearing its end at a north Louisiana lake that once yielded record-setting fish.
Starting Feb. 20, Caney Creek Reservoir will operate under the same rules as most of the state — a 10-fish limit, without any size restrictions, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Monday. .
Howdy everyone! The ocean has lain down. Lingcod and rockfish have been getting pulled out in good numbers and crab are a boilin’. In terms of ocean fishing, the lingcod seem to be a quicker catch than the rockfish, but either way it’s great fishing out there.
This has been a winter season that has seen ice conditions change from 10 inches to 5 inches and back again. This weekend we are losing ice again and may lose more this week but Mother Nature will be back sure as shootin' and make plenty of more ice -- so I have plenty to tell you about this week.
Lake Massabesic and Canobie Lake have been giving up some fine bass. Lake Mascuppic, Horn Pond, Wrights Pond, Harbor Pond and Speck Ponds are giving up some great bass and pickerel.
Roundtable aims to keep public up to speed of Lake Havasu fisheries, regulations
Locals with questions regarding Lake Havasu fisheries and regulations can get answers at next week’s roundtable.
The forum is hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department annually to address questions or concerns Lake Havasuians may have about fishing. It’s planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at ASU Havasu and is open to the public.
Alabama town unveils fish monument
EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is known for its unusual memorials and statues, and the city of Eufaula is adding to the list with a monument to a fish.
Officials in the lakeside town on the Georgia border have unveiled a 12-foot-tall replica of a largemouth bass to celebrate its claim as the "Big Bass Capital of the World."
Bass fishing draws thousands of people to Lake Eufaula each year, and the state tourism agency awarded a grant to construct the monument. It was unveiled Tuesday.
With three days remaining to sign up for Big Bass Spring, the outdoorsman who came up with the idea is optimistic.
“I’ve got 22 boats (anglers) so far. I said if I got 20-30 boats for the first year, I’d be happy about that. The word’s getting around. It’s something new, something different. Everybody loves the concept,” Ricky Watkins of New Iberia said Friday morning.
Mike Bass, the executive director of The Woodlands Arts Council, announced his resignation Thursday, Jan. 11, via an email message to members of the local media and those in the arts community.
In his email, Bass said he believed his position would be temporarily filled by Angela Colton, who will act as interim business operations manager while the council's board searches for a new executive director.
For more than 31 years, Texas' inland fisheries managers and the state's anglers have cooperated in what began as a then-unique partnership aimed at improving the quality of the state's largemouth bass fishery by employing angler-caught, trophy-size bass in hatchery production and research.