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Tiger muskies are among the fish DWR biologists have released into Scofield Reservoir. Biologists hope the fast-growing muskie will help control Utah chubs that have taken over much of the reservoir. (Photo by Morgan Jacobsen, Utah DWR)

SCOFIELD — After an extensive public input process, the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has adopted a new management plan for the fishery at Scofield Reservoir.

The plan, which was presented to the Central and Southeastern regional advisory councils in July, includes introducing three new fish species to the reservoir — wiper, tiger muskie and sterile walleye.

Placing the three species in the reservoir will give anglers new fishing opportunities and hopefully help fishing remain good for years to come.

Scofield’s history

For decades, Scofield Reservoir was known as a great place to take the family fishing for rainbow trout. For a time, the reservoir was even listed among Utah’s Blue Ribbon fishing waters, some of the best fishing waters in the state.

The presence of Utah chub has caused angler satisfaction to decline in recent years, though. Utah chub reproduce prolifically and out-compete rainbow trout for food and space. The chub were likely introduced to the reservoir illegally.

The chub problem is not a new problem at Scofield. For decades, aquatics managers have used rotenone, a chemical that kills fish, to remove Utah chub from the reservoir.

 

 

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Two brothers were amazed to accidentally capture the moment their boat was nearly capsized by a huge humpback whale.

Two brothers taking their new boat out fishing for the first time were amazed to accidentally capture the moment it was nearly capsized by a huge humpback whale.

Jason Cullen got the shock of his life when the mammal unexpectedly breached just metres in front of him while he was trying to film another whale in the far distance.

The gobsmacked 27-year-old and brother Ben, 26, believe the 15-metre (49ft) humpback calf was ‘showing off’ when it deliberately launched itself from the water near Keppel Island, Queensland, Australia, this week – leaving their five-metre vessel rocking wildly.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans — 40 percent of the U.S. population 16 years old and older — participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching.

The survey illustrates gains in wildlife watching — particularly around the home — and fishing, with moderate declines in the number of hunters nationally. The findings reflect a continued interest in engaging in the outdoors. These activities are drivers behind an economic powerhouse, where participants spent $156 billion — the most in the last 25 years, adjusted for inflation.

This report absolutely underscores the need to increase public access to public lands across the United States,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Hunting and fishing are a part of the American heritage. As a kid who grew up hunting and fishing on public lands who later took my own kids out on the same land, I know how important it is to expand access for future generations. Many folks east of the Mississippi River rely on friends with large acreages or pay high rates for hunting and fishing clubs. This makes access to wildlife refuges and other public lands more important.”

On his first day in office, Secretary Zinke reversed an order that would have banned lead ammo and tackle on National Wildlife Refuge lands, and he began the process of expanding hunting and fishing opportunities on public lands across the Department.

 

 

 

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Upstate New York is a magnet during the fall for anglers from across the state and beyond who take advantage of the superb, Alaska-like  fishing opportunities in Lake Ontario tributaries for spawning Chinook and coho salmon. Want to catch a big salmon? The following are 10 of the most popular waterways, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, fishing guides and others interviewed by NYup.com

Corey Swietzer, of Binghamton, caught this Chinook salmon on the Salmon River out of the “town pool” in Pulaski. He caught it on a soft plastic pink egg.

 

 

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Visitors take a boat ride in the backwaters

KOCHI: The Kerala Matsyafed has scripted another success story as its renovated aqua fish farm at Njarakkal is attracting huge crowd. It offers them a blend of farm fishing, sight seeing and a variety of fish delicacies.Just a few days into its inauguration, the farm, situated in the middle of 45-acre backwaters  is buzzing, with nearly 600 visitors turning up on weekends. A bamboo hut, small bowl boats (kutta vanchi), cuisine package for visitors as well as angling opportunity for novices and experienced enthusiasts are some major attractions.

“The bamboo hut is intended for families who want to spend time in the middle of backwaters. At present, one can spend up to one hour inside the hut, but we’re planning to increase it to two hours. Currently, we’ve only one hut which can accommodate 40 persons, but another one will be opened by this weekend,” said farm manager P Nisha. The entry fee at the farm, which functions from 10am to 6pm, is Rs 200. “It includes charges for a welcome drink, 30 minutes’ bowl boat rowing, angling and fish-curry meals. Visiting the farm between 3 pm and 6 pm, however, will cost only Rs 100 per ticket, but food won’t be part of the package,” she said. Home-made snacks and tea are served at the evening restaurant, managed by an eight-member team from Souparnika self-help group.

 

 

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New trout regulations apply in some Victorian waters.

Changes include a 25cm minimum size and a reduced bag limit from five to three for the Ovens River (upstream of Porepunkah Bridge); Mitta Mitta River (upstream of Lake Dartmouth); Nariel Creek (upstream of Colac Colac bridge), and the Rubicon River.

Moreover, there is now a 45cm minimum size for brown trout and a 30cm minimum size for rainbow trout in Lake Toolondo, with a bag limit of three trout a day.

Hepburn Lagoon has a 45cm minimum size and a three-trout bag limit, and the closed trout season no longer applies to the Hopkins and Merri rivers.

Jim Credlin reports yellowbelly are being caught in the Murray on shrimp, yabbie and scrubworm; top spots include Kenley, Wood Wood and Swan Hill.

The Wakool and Edward Rivers are also producing yellowbelly.

Gary Constantine reports the Rubicon, Acheron and Goulburn Rivers are producing brook trout to 800g.

The Goulburn also has brown trout to 2.3kg. Most fish are being caught on scrubworms and lures.

 

 

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Minor changes to freshwater fishing regulations became effective Sept. 1.

They include establishing a catch-and-release only rule for largemouth bass and sunfish in Bedford Boys Ranch (Tarrant County), adding Alabama bass to the list of Texas game fish and updating bass regulations for Alan Henry Reservoir to reflect the change. Another change: Modifying largemouth and smallmouth bass regulations to catch-and-release only on 38 miles of the Devils River from Baker’s Crossing to Big Satan Creek.

Saltwater fishing changes are for offshore game fish species. The minimum size limit has increased to 99 inches for scalloped, smooth and great hammerhead sharks. A minimum size of 24 inches for gag grouper and black grouper has been imposed, along with catch-and-release only fishing for Nassau grouper.

 

 

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City Park and its accompanying beach in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. CreditLeah Nash for The New York Times

The fishing rod on the starboard aft side (or back corner — I was proud of myself for learning some navigation terms) of our little vessel sprang taut, like a bowstring. Our guide, Shane Moon, jumped to his feet with a quickness I didn’t expect from a guy who looks like he could play lineman for a college football team. “O.K., we’ve got one,” he said. The sun hadn’t yet shown its face in the purplish-blue sky, but it was light out, maybe 5:30 in the morning, and dozens of boats dotted a wide section of the Columbia River where it forks. I was excited. I had gotten a fish, and it was still pretty early, so I was feeling good about the prospects for the day. The question: Would I be able to keep it?

 

 

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THERE have been some good reports of tailor in the Broadwater around the Aldershots. Try live bait off the seaway wall, either near the southern end or near the pipeline for King Fish. It’s early in the season but a few Mangrove Jacks have been caught. Flatheads are biting well this week, best method has been slow trolling off the banks up near the pin. Plenty of sand crabs around too so get your pots in the water.

IT’S open season for Bass and there should be plenty of fish around. This time of year they are heading one direction and that is upstream. Bass love these windy days we have been having as it blows insects onto the water and can create a feeding frenzy. You want a lure that looks like the insects being blown onto the water. Try Hinze Dam in the upper reaches and the lakes around Robina.

 

 

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Brian Trainor, of Boonesville, N.Y., with a nice Chinook he caught Wednesday afternoon on the Salmon River. It was caught on 10-lb test line, he said.(Special to NYup.com)

The latest on the fall salmon run on the Lake Ontario tributaries still has the Salmon River leading the pack with the most fish moving upstream from the lake due to the waterway’s cooler temperatures.

A major run Wednesday morning of Chinooks through the privately owned, Douglaston Salmon Run on the lower river was described as “epic.” There are also reports of coho being caught.

“If you’re thinking of coming up early, now is a good time,” said Malcolm Button in the Salmon River Sports Shops daily fishing report on Wednesday. The store is located in downtown Pulaski.

There are fish in other tributaries along the lake such as the Lower Niagara River and the Genesee River and sources report fishing being caught to a lesser degree.

 

 

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