Latest Recreational fishing News

Indoor mask mandate ends on West Virginia's 158th birthday

Jun. 20, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared an end to the state's indoor mask requirement Sunday as a $1 million winner was revealed in a drawing for residents who have received the coronavirus vaccine. Karen Foley of Mineral Wells won the top prize...

Get outside -- adventure awaits in PA lakes, forests, parks

Jun. 19, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Just look at Pennsylvania’s numbers: 2.2 million acres of forestland; 140 state and national parks; home to part of the Appalachian Trail; and 2,500 lakes (including a Great Lake, by the way). And most of it is free. ...

Montana wildlife officials consider rules to protect trout

Jun. 17, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Montana are seeking feedback on a proposal to expand fishing restrictions to protect declining brown trout populations. Biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Geological Survey have tracked declining...

Wisconsin pioneer remembered as more women start fly fishing

Jun. 14, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Traditionally seen as a man’s sport, fly-fishing has grown in popularity among women and girls over the past few years, and women are its largest growing demographic. Jen Ripple, editor-in-chief of DUN Magazine, an international women’s...

Fish for free without a license on Saturday in Vermont

Jun. 12, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Don't have a fishing license in Vermont? No problem. On Saturday, anglers can fish for free without a license in the state's lakes and rivers during Vermont's annual free fishing day. Saturday is also the start of the bass...

At El Salvador's Bitcoin Beach, a glimpse of crypto economy

Jun. 11, 2021 00:21 AM EDT

EL ZONTE, El Salvador (AP) — After El Salvador’s congress made the bitcoin legal tender this week, eyes turned to this rural fishing village on the Pacific coast. Known to surfers for its pounding waves, El Zonte has had the cryptocurrency in its economy for the past year. ...

Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

Jun. 08, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are proposing to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting...

Louisiana hunting, fishing license fee hikes win passage

Jun. 08, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana hunting and fishing license charges will rise next year across an array of commercial and recreational categories, under a bill that lawmakers sent to the governor Tuesday to help shore up the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' budget. ...

Tennessee anglers can fish without paid license on Saturday

Jun. 08, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's annual free fishing day is Saturday. Each year, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency offers one day when anglers can fish without a paid license in the state's public waters, agency-owned and -operated lakes and state park...

Vermont's annual free fishing day is June 12

Jun. 06, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Anglers can fish for free without a license around Vermont during the state's annual free fishing day later this month. The event happens on Saturday, June 12, which is also the opening day of the regular bass fishing season, the state Fish and...