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Arizona Revised Statutes 17-101 A1: Angling means the taking of fish by one line and not to exceed two hooks, by one line and one artificial lure.... [ more ]
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - B.A.S.S., upon the recommendation of its Bassmaster Elite Series Rules Committee, has amended its tournament rules to limit anglers competing in the Bassmaster Classic and Bassmaster Elite Series to the use of a single lure during practice and competition.... [ more ]
Angler Joe Ford's chance discovery has re-energized the conservation spirit in bass anglers across the country. B.A.S.S. founder Ray Scott first tapped into that extraordinary force 40 years ago, when he introduced catch-and-release to bass tournaments. Conservation-minded anglers quickly incorporated the practice into recreational fishing and, within a few years, it became standard procedure for fishermen worldwide. Will what Ford found in the stomach of a 10-pound largemouth spawn the second great stewardship campaign for which bass anglers become the standard bearers? That remains to be seen....[ more ]
The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is holding its annual meeting in Anchorage this week to decide on quotas and regulatory changes, as well as the dates for the upcoming season. People involved in the halibut fishing industry - from charter boat owners, to big commercial operators were at the meeting Tuesday to find out how their business will be affected....[ more ]
During the event gathering, Chris Cantrell of the Mesa AZGFD Office in region VI reviewed the progress of this project that included the fiberglass casting used to make these Fish Furniture Habitats.
Thus far, Fish Furniture has been placed only in Tempe Town Lake as a test project, but plans call for dropping 30 of the long-lasting concrete structures in Saguaro Lake...Chris Cantrell.
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Chris Cantrell of the Mesa AZGFD Office in region VI reviewed the progress of this project that included the fiberglass casting used to make these Fish Furniture Habitat
NEWS RELEASE - December 1, 2008
New regulations for boaters go into effect!
KeepAmericaFishing™ is once again asking anglers to oppose this unjustified petition and to rally behind legislation that will put an end to these unwarranted attacks on recreational fishing once and for all.
Conservation, Envasive Species, Wildlife Programs and Outdoor Regulations
“Our boaters have done a good job so far of voluntarily practicing “clean, drain and dry” as a part of responsible boating. Now Arizona has regulations in effect requiring boaters to follow those practices at lakes known to have quagga mussels,” said Tom McMahon, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s invasive species coordinator [ read more ]
When are popular sport fish considered to be invasive species?
Clean Angling News - July 2015
We all know that fish species can become problematic invaders and we don't hesitate to vilify Asian carp or snakeheads. However, what is our response when the invasive fish is a trout, bass, walleye or other popular game fish? In most cases we never call these popular fish invasive. rather the talk is usually about non-native fish.
Controlling these non-native (invasive) sport fish is a significant part of the job for biologists and managers charged with recovering native species and, very often, these fish are slated for elimination. In many Rocky Mountain waters officials are conducting non-native trout removals but are rarely discussing them as invasive species.
A number of researchers have begun to advocate for calling any species "invasive" when it is in waters where it is not native and where it is causing ecological damage and I expect the trend to continue. Anglers today are much better educated about invasive species and most can easily understand that a fish that presents great values in one water may be an invader in another.
I was surprised to find an "invasive species catch & kill tournament" being promoted in Maine with smallmouth bass as the invasive species. "It’s interesting to say the least, that smallmouth bass, a popular game fish, is listed as an “Invasive Species” and being treated like nuisance fish like Asian Carp."