Latest Recreational fishing News

Vermont's free ice fishing day slated for this month

Jan. 16, 2022 10:49 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s annual Free Ice Fishing Day sponsored by the Department of Fish and Wildlife will be held this year on Jan. 29. On Free Ice Fishing Day, resident and nonresident anglers can ice fish on any Vermont water body that is open to ice fishing without a...

West Monroe riverfront development on the way

Jan. 16, 2022 00:13 AM EST

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) — Downtown West Monroe is one step closer to getting an exciting new look. The City of West Monroe is working on a development that will give citizens recreational access to the Ouachita River. The city has raised the money for the first phase of its ambitious...

New park opening Saturday at site of former university farm

Dec. 31, 2021 11:12 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A new park is opening where a university farm once operated in south Louisiana. Saturday is opening day for 100-acre (40-hectare) Moncus Park in Lafayette, news outlets report. Formal ceremonies are scheduled Jan. 8. “Enjoy the space, tell...

Fewer hunters, anglers means less money for outdoor programs

Dec. 25, 2021 01:05 AM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Last month, Bob Walker walked into a stretch of woods southeast of Rochester, Minnesota, with his son, hoping this year would be his final deer hunt. He’s 80, and he was ready to retire from hunting — but not until he shot one last deer. “I...

Regulators adopt new rules to limit Alaska halibut bycatch

Dec. 22, 2021 17:09 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal body responsible for regulating fisheries in U.S. waters off Alaska has adopted new rules to limit the unintentional capture of halibut by fishermen trawling the Bering Sea. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the policy on an...

EU, UK reach fishing deal on their shared stocks

Dec. 22, 2021 08:36 AM EST

After months of wrangling, the European Union and the United Kingdom announced Wednesday that they have struck a fishing deal on their shared stocks — though environmentalists said fish will continue to be overexploited under the new post-Brexit rules. The agreement is separate...

Vermont's new fishing regulations start next year

Dec. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding anglers a series of new fishing regulations will come in with the new year. The department says the new regulations that take effect Jan. 1 are simplified and provide additional fishing opportunities. ...

Tennessee to invest $15M in 18 lakes, add fisherman's brand

Dec. 17, 2021 04:01 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee plan to invest $15 million in improvements at 18 lakes that will be branded after bass fishing superstar Bill Dance. Gov. Bill Lee’s office announced plans Thursday to create the Bill Dance Signature Lakes by partnering his agencies on wildlife...

Tribes: Oklahoma governor ending hunting license agreement

Dec. 13, 2021 18:09 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma tribal leaders said Monday that Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to not renew hunting and fishing license compacts with the Cherokee and Choctaw nations is part of an ongoing dispute between the tribes and the Republican governor. Cherokee Nation Principal...

New Hampshire officials to hold free ice-fishing seminar

Dec. 12, 2021 16:01 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department is hosting a free ice-fishing seminar in January. The event at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 will feature fishing guide Tim Moore. He will explain the tools and techniques he uses to catch white perch, lake trout and black crappie....