Latest Recreational fishing News

Vermont preparing for opening of 2020 trout season

Apr. 4, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state’s upcoming trout season is a way to get outdoors safely during the time of COVID-19, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says. The opening of trout season this year is April 11. Experts say that despite snow cover in areas anglers can still have fun and catch...

Bait shop owners reeling amid shutdown during spring fishing

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched Friday morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing has been a welcome way to stay active since both...

In this handout photograph taken Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and provided by Jack Hagan, Drew Anderson is shown on the top of Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colo. The outdoors has become a great escape for people as the new cronoavirus creates a wave of turbulent times. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing heath problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Hagan via The AP)

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Mar. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus pandemic. The best way for him...

Authorities search for man who fell out of boat in Iowa

Mar. 28, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

HANLONTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in north-central Iowa continued to search Saturday for a man who fell out of a fishing boat on the Winnebago River near Hanlontown. Emergency responders were called around 1:20 p.m. Friday to the river for reports that a man had fallen into the water and not resurfaced,...

OR, WA shut recreational river salmon, steelhead fisheries

Mar. 27, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon fishery managers closed recreational salmon and steelhead fisheries on the Columbia River Thursday night to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. The decision comes after the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s announcement Wednesday that it was temporarily...

Authorities: Man accidentally backed up truck over daughter

Mar. 27, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa (AP) — A 2-year-old girl died in central Iowa after her father accidentally backed a truck over her, authorities said. The accident occurred Wednesday on a farm outside Guthrie Center. Guthrie County deputies summoned to Guthrie County Hospital were told by a man there that he and his...

New rules coming for New England's recreational cod fishery

Mar. 25, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New rules are coming for the recreational fishery for cod in the Gulf of Maine, federal fishing regulators said. The recreational cod fishery in the Gulf of Maine is closed until Sept. 15. Cod were once abundant off New England, but the population collapsed after years of commercial...

All inland Maine waters open to fishing, license need waived

Mar. 24, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — All inland waters in Maine are open for fishing, and the requirement that anglers need a recreational license is suspended until the end of April. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said she made the rule change to encourage people in the state to enjoy the outdoors while Maine and the U.S....

Maine wardens call for safety during final ice fishing days

Mar. 22, 2020 8:16 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service is warning fishermen to use extreme caution on the ice as the state enters the final days of the ice fishing season. Fishermen should avoid lakes and ponds unless they can be certain the ice is thick enough by using a chisel or an auger, the warden service...

Danielle Kiechler, left, and Cathi Gouveia snowshoe above Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Washington state. Most national parks are remaining open during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, but many are closing visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants in hopes of containing its spread. Both women work at schools in Puyallup, Wash., that are currently closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

National parks are free, but some oppose that amid the virus

Mar. 19, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Most national parks are open as a refuge for Americans tired of being stuck at home during a pandemic, but despite now being free to visit, people may find it more difficult to enjoy them as parks close visitor centers, shuttles, lodges and restaurants to fight the spread of the...