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My wife and I are into TV crime dramas like Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) where the bad guy gets nailed if he so much as sneezes on a dinner napkin.
Well, Asian carp are pretty slimy critters, so if they're swimming in your waters, they're going to leave some evidence. A recent water sample from Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for Asian Carp DNA, the Associated Press reports. This is second time Asian Carp DNA has been found in the lake. [ Read Full Post ]
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Question: "I’ve been told soft crayfish are excellent fish bait. Is this true? Can you tell me where, when, and how to catch them, and the best method of fishing with them?" —Kim parrott, via outdoorlife.com
My Answer: As with most things fishing, you’re not likely to ever find two anglers who will agree on the effectiveness of soft-shell crayfish over hard-shell crayfish. Each has its proponents.
First, a bit of biology. Crayfish (aka crawfish, crawdads, crawls, ditch lobsters, and mud bugs) are common in streams and lakes throughout the country and live a rather short life—usually less than two years. They have a hard exoskeleton, which is great for protection but must be shed in order for the crayfish to grow. [ Read Full Post ]
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When the nights turn cool and the leaves change colors, trout start to feed more aggressively, often abandoning their notorious wariness. The major insect hatches of the year are about over, and the long winter is coming. Add charged-up spawning behavior to the equation, and you’ll understand why trout fishermen come to think of mid-fall as the best time of all to fish and the ideal time to break out the streamers. [ Read Full Post ]
Australia’s Lake Kununurra has glowing barramundi and the aussies are just fine with that. In fact they planned it that way.
Captive bred barramundi fish stocked in Lake Kununurra undergo an unusual process prior to being released. [ Read Full Post ]
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Florida's heralded inshore fisheries — currently in their best shape in decades — face a potential threat previously vanquished 19 years ago.
Commercial netters have made many legal challenges to a fishing net ban passed in November 1994, which prohibited gill nets and entanglement nets in all state waters and set a 2-inch stretched mesh size limit on all other nets. Each attempt has failed — until now. [ Read Full Post ]
The idea of a fish trap must have been a game changer for our ancestors. Imagine being able to catch fish and other aquatic critters without even being there. While today we’d argue that being there catching the fish is the whole point, when subsistence is your goal it makes a lot of sense to employ survival strategies like fish and crayfish traps. This small trap is just about right for my local crayfish, and took an hour and a half to build, including harvesting materials. [ Read Full Post ]
Get in on five of the hottest bites of the fishing season.
1. Lake Trout (although smallmouth bass, steelhead, and brown trout may interrupt your party)
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The Expert: Jeff Pierce, 42, Scottsville, NY, portfolio manager for Mustad
Where: Lower Niagara River, in front of Fort Niagara and the big sandbar at the mouth of the river leading into Lake Ontario
When: Late October through the end of November [ Read Full Post ]