In past years the Pacific branch of the USFWS has taken deliberate steps to restore native fish species to Oregon waters. The agency proposed delisting the Oregon chub from its threatened status earlier this year, making it the first fish to escape the Endangered Species List without going extinct. Now the latest fish on its priority list to receive attention is the bull trout, which wildlife officials began reintroducing to Oregon’s Clackamas River in 2011.
USFWS shared a stunning video detailing the history and progress of the trout’s restoration on its Facebook page Tuesday. The clip includes beautiful underwater shots of bull trout and their habitat, along with interviews from the wildlife officials who’ve been restoring the trout to their historic waters.
Strange things were afoot…errr, a fin…in Lake Ontario.
A video posted to You Tube last week, allegedly shot on Wolfe Island, where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario, shows three anglers responding to a mystery fish breaching near a dock. The fish is gray in color, rather large, and has a prominent dorsal fin. The latter characteristic caused many to cry shark.
That is, until Bell Media announced the video was staged to build hype for the Discovery Canada's already wildly popular Shark Week programming. The animal in the video was actually a prosthetic model shark.
Two Alabama anglers hooked into some major trouble when they were busted for potentially cheating in a fishing tournament.
Robert Gillaspie and Gary Lee Minor Jr. stand accused of catching bass prior to the last week’s Owls Fishing Tournament and then claiming they caught last Tuesday and Thursday evening. Information about the cheating came via an anonymous tip.
Some guys like Austin Hoffman of Milton, W.Va., have all the luck when it comes to fishing. He had no intention of fishing on April 26 but that didn’t stop him from catching the new state-record blue catfish.
“I was actually going out to test out a new drift rod holder set up I put in my boat,” Hoffman, 22, explained to Metro News. “I took my girlfriend with me and didn’t’ have any intention of catching anything. I didn’t even bring a net.”
More than 1,000 South Carolina hunters received special permits this winter to hunt double-crested cormorants on two lakes in the east-central part of the state. In the span of just one month, hunters harvested 11,653 of the fish-eating birds. One hunter alone reported killing 278 birds, according to The State newspaper.
Local anglers requested state action to quell the rising numbers of cormorants, which they say eat enough baitfish to negatively impact game fish populations. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources responded by introducing a special hunting program this year on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.