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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced new striped bass conservation measures for the Spring 2020 fishing season to meet a coast-wide conservation target.

The 2018 benchmark stock assessment for striped bass indicated declines, so the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has determined that conservation measures are needed for the 2020 fishing season. ASMFC is a management entity comprising 15 member states on the East Coast, including Maryland.

The conservation goal set by ASMFC is to reduce the total number of striped bass that are killed by fishing activities. This means reducing the number of fish that are harvested and the number of fish that die after being caught and returned to the water, known as dead discards.

Maryland’s management changes follow numerous meetings and discussions with stakeholders and a month-long public comment period, and were developed using the best available science and decades of experience. Measures for spring are designed to protect large migratory spawning fish as they enter the bay. The implementation plan was reviewed and approved by ASMFC’s Striped Bass Technical Committee and the ASMFC Board on Feb. 4.

In addition to a cut in the commercial quota, targeting of striped bass by the recreational sector will be prohibited starting April 1 — including a prohibition of trolling — and the spring trophy season will be delayed until May 1. Limits are one fish per person at a 35-inch minimum. These rules will be in effect until May 16. The full regulations can be viewed on DNR’s website.

The department will also move forward with conservation options for the summer and fall seasons in the 2020 Implementation Plan. Measures in the summer and fall are designed to reduce mortality caused by high temperatures and low oxygen in the water. The department will announce a public comment schedule for those regulations in the coming weeks.

In 2018, the department raised concerns about the problem of discard mortality with ASMFC. This resulted in Maryland being authorized to adopt a decreased minimum size from 20 to 19 inches. In addition, Maryland took unilateral action to require the use of circle hooks when chumming and live lining. Circle hooks are an effective conservation measure because they significantly reduce “gut hooking” that leads to discard mortality. ASMFC has now asked all other states to follow Maryland’s lead and enact this policy.

DNR also launched and is continuing to expand a statewide educational outreach program to assure compliance with these regulations. The department also instituted a system of advisories for anglers on hot days where both water and air temperatures could increase the likelihood of stress on striped bass.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) TrophyCatch program, now in Season 8, commemorates its first Hall of Fame bass caught in the new season. Weighing 14 pounds, 2 ounces, it was caught and released in Lake Placid on Jan. 31 by Thomas Hendel, also from Lake Placid.

“I was excited to learn I caught the first TrophyCatch Hall of Fame bass of the season and amazed at the size of my catch,” said Hendel. “This is the first bass I’ve submitted to TrophyCatch. I look forward to continuing my participation in this program for years to come.”

“Since its inception in 2012, TrophyCatch has approved over 9,000 photo submissions of largemouth bass exceeding 8 pounds that have been caught, documented and released into the waters of Florida,” said Jon Fury, FWC’s director of the Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “There is no other program like this anywhere and it could not have been possible without Bass Pro Shops and all of our partners who are committed to the conservation of Florida’s trophy bass fishery for our more than 1.2 million freshwater anglers here in the Fishing Capital of the World. Together, we will continue to enhance and protect 3 million acres of lakes, and approximately 12,000 miles of fishable rivers, streams and canals.”

Lake Placid, in Highlands County, is a 3,400-acre lake on the south side of the town of Lake Placid. Lake Placid offers great opportunities for those looking to catch a high number of fish, as well as the chance at a lunker. This unique lake has a variety of vegetation and quality habitat types, including deep flats, ledges and humps not typical of most Florida lakes.

TrophyCatch is a partnership between the FWC, anglers and fishing industry leaders, such as Bass Pro Shops, that rewards the catch, documentation and release of largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or heavier in Florida. To be eligible for prizes, anglers are required to submit photos or videos showing the entire fish and its weight on a scale to TrophyCatch.com before releasing it back into the water. FWC biologists use TrophyCatch’s citizen-science data for bass research, to make informed decisions about the management of Florida’s bass fisheries and to promote the catch and release of trophy bass. For more information about the TrophyCatch program, email Laura Rambo at Laura.Rambo@MyFWC.com.

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Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently opened a coho salmon fishing season until Oct. 13, or until further notice. Fishing is open on the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge seven days per week, and from Memorial Bridge upstream to the confluence of the Middle Fork Clearwater and South Fork Clearwater rivers four days per week (Thursday through Sunday). The North Fork of the Clearwater is also open those same four days per week with special restrictions.

Daily bag limit is two coho salmon, six in possession, and there is no season limit for 2019. Anglers must have a valid salmon permit.

Coho salmon with or without an adipose fin can be harvested. Please be aware that steelhead and fall Chinook salmon occur in these waters and anglers should know how to identify these three species. For full season and rules information see the coho fishing rules webpage.

Coho anglers should keep their eyes out for a new state record fish. The catch-and-release record for coho is still vacant, and the certified-weight coho record is 11.75 pounds. To submit a weight record, the fish must be weighed on a certified scale. Here’s information about how to submit a state record.

Coho were reintroduced into the Clearwater River system by the Nez Perce Tribe, and Idaho held its first coho sport fishing season in 2014.

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Z-Man set to unleash new ¾-ounce ChatterBait® JackHammer at the Bassmaster Classic 

LADSON, SC – Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brett Hite calls it ‘the Ferrari of bladed bass jigs.’ It’s a statement that’s hard to dispute when you consider the Phoenix, Arizona based bass fishing pro has won over a million dollars on bladed jigs.

Within the past month alone, the ChatterBait JackHammer vibrating jig has chalked up a pile of cash and two major tournament wins on the BASS and FLW circuits. You begin to understand why so many top anglers today brandish the radical bait — the fruits of a two-and-a-half year, collaborative project between Hite, Z-Man Fishing and influential Japanese luremaker, EverGreen International.

Z-Man’s new ¾-ounce ChatterBait JackHammer is hot of the presses, just in time for the Bassmaster Classic.
Previously available in 3/8- and ½-ounce sizes, Z-Man will release a new ¾-ounce size ChatterBait JackHammer, just in time for the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.

“Everything about the ChatterBait JackHammer is high-level and ultra-refined,” says Hite. “It took us a full year, for example, just to perfect a process for applying detailed paint finishes to the bait’s stainless steel, hex shaped ChatterBlade®. This is a super-tuned, efficient bladed jig that starts vibrating with the very first turn of the reel handle.”

Hite adds that the bait also features a flat-bottom, low-center-of-gravity head with a specialized channel groove for blade protection. “We insisted on the sharpest Gamakatsu® heavy wire flipping hook available. The premium silicone skirt is hand-tied and color-matched to the jighead and blade. And a double-wire trailer keeper locks soft plastics tight to the jighead. Even the line-tie is tricked-out — a high-grade Decoy® Egg Snap. Like I said, Ferrari,” Hite laughs.

The hottest combo in bassin’ today — a ChatterBait JackHammer and Z-Man RaZor ShadZ trailer.
Fresh off a Bass Pro Shops Central Open win on Ross Barnett Reservoir, Bassmaster Elite Series angler Stephen Browning was singing the bait’s praises. “I boated almost every bass on a pair of ChatterBait JackHammer bladed jigs,” he said. “I tied up a black/blue bait with a matching Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ during the darker morning hours, and followed it up with a solid white ChatterBait and white Razor ShadZ trailer in the afternoon. I felt the DieZel vibrated differently than the RaZor, and gave the bait more loft, which was key in dingier water.”

Browning also noted that the low-profile jighead on the JackHammer slid over shallow eelgrass and woodcover exceptionally well. “What’s great, too,” Browning noted, “is the bait’s double-keeper system, which holds ElaZtech softbaits tightly in place. Even when the bait picked up blades of grass, I could slap it on the water and clear it without having to re-rig the trailer. Huge time saver. I also felt like the blade gave off a slightly different, perhaps higher pitched sound than other baits. I had a lot of confidence in it.”

Not two weeks earlier, Chris Johnston wielded a white Z-Man / EverGreen ChatterBait JackHammer to win the FLW Tour event at Florida’s Harris Chain of Lakes. Interestingly, Johnston’s winning blade jig was as gift from his buddy, fellow FLW pro, Jeff Gustafson, who earned a 2nd place finish with a similar JackHammer vibrating jig. In total, five of the top-ten finishers also employed ChatterBait brand lures during the event, most of them retrieving the vibrating jig through patches of hydrilla.

Bassmaster Elite Series angler Stephen Browning wielded a pair of ChatterBaits to win the Bass Pro Shops Central Open.
For Browning the winning retrieve consisted of slow-rolling across 2- to 4-foot spawning flats, using occasional upticks in reel rotation to speed up the bait’s swimming cadence and vibration. “Ninety percent of my bass bit right after I turned the reel handle fast one time.” For Johnston and Gustafson, a ripping and popping retrieve activated the lure’s blade, and accounted for most of their strikes.

“The JackHammer definitely shines around vegetation and cover,” adds Hite. “But what’s amazing is that it’s just as deadly in clear water as it is in dark, dirty lakes, rivers and reservoirs. Work it along bottom or bulge it up near the surface.

“The new ¾-ounce size fills a critical gap in the ChatterBait spectrum. For working a bait down in deeper water, really thumping it around wood cover, the heavier ¾-ouncer is a valuable tool in my tackle box. My rule of thumb for fishing the bait is to speed it up or slow it down just enough to tick the vegetation or wood. It’s just an amazing, versatile bait.”

The pre-eminent vibrating jig available today, the ChatterBait JackHammer is the result of a comprehensive project between Z-Man Fishing and Japanese luremaker, EverGreen International, designed by Bassmaster Elite Series angler Brett Hite. Available in 3/8-, ½- and the new ¾-ounce size, the ChatterBait JackHammer features ten color-matched patterns, compatible with a variety of ElaZtech softbaits.

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Plano, IL  – Kevin VanDam’s all-time record for national tournament wins is proof positive of an ability never before seen in the competitive bass realm. He’s a seven-time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year and has won bass fishing’s highest and most prestigious tournament – the Bassmaster Classic – an unprecedented four times.

KVD’s secret – his angling superpower, if you will – is his capacity to quickly master nearly any technique necessary to catch bass. He’s never been a specialist when it comes to fishing methods; his strength stems from his versatility.

KVD Signature Series Tackle Bag available in 3700 and 3600 sizes.

For VanDam, tackle organization and management is one of the keys to unlocking his next-level versatility. “Ultimately, it’s all about operating efficiently,” the bionic basser says. “I build all kinds of systems around my fishing that will help me make and implement decisions quickly. When it comes to tackle, I need to know what I have and where to find it so I’m using my time as efficiently as possible. If you’re looking for something, you’re not catching bass, and that’s a problem.”

Like millions of other anglers, KVD relies on Plano to keep his fishing gear protected and well organized – at home, in the truck and on the water. And for 2018, Plano’s new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags (3600 and 3700 sizes) pack all-new levels of KVD-grade performance and efficiency.

Available in 3600 and 3700 sizes, these professional-grade tackle totes begin and end, literally, with the ultra-functional Utili-Tackle Rail System. As a lid, the rigid system sports four over-molded rubberized corners to secure a StowAway® Utility Box in plain view and within easy reach. Solid, molded-in attachment points allow these bags to easily be secured to boat decks, truck beds, ATVs, trailers or kayaks. Further, the rail itself offers 17 different attachment points to hold every accessory known to the sport. Forceps, lanyards and clippers? Of course. But there’s also room for split-ring pliers, a Line Saber, fishing towel, retractable ruler, hook file, wacky rig tool and more – not stowed in some far recessed compartment, but right at your fingertips.

Moving to the underside, a second rigid, molded Utili-Tackle™ Rail System forms the KVD Signature Series Tackle Bag’s base. The addition of elevated and rubberized corner “feet” keeps these bags firmly planted wherever they’re placed, while also creating ample clearance to keep both bag and precious contents out of standing water. Ingenious. Throw in attachment points for another 17 accessories, and you now possess the most resourceful tackle bag in existence.

But we’ve only covered the top and bottom.

In between, Plano Engineers have wrapped these new KVD bags up in a high performance Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) coating to help protect contents from rain and spray. Failsafe looped zipper pulls provide access to the bag’s generous main compartment, which comfortably holds five StowAway boxes in the 3600 size, or six in the larger 3700 size. A bright red interior improves visibility in low light.

Of course, both sizes of these stunning KVD Signature Series tackle bags in black with red accents offer a variety of additional specialized pockets for secure and efficient storage. A true, waterproof pocket is optimized for storage of a smartphone or wallet, while a large mesh back pocket and compartmentalized front pocket are ideal for line spools, soft plastics or smaller StowAways packed with hooks, weights or other terminal tackle. A sturdy Velcro plier holder adorns the bag’s right side, while MOLLE attachment points offer additional external storage options. A padded adjustable shoulder strap completes the package for reliable and comfortable transport.

“I’ve relied on Plano throughout my entire professional career, and these new KVD Series Tackle Bags are the most advanced soft bags you can put on your deck. The Utili-Tackle Rail System tops and bases work with the TPE waterproof fabrics to keep contents dry, while the unique architecture and clever componentry make for really fast access. These bags provide multiple options for keeping the lures and accessories you need right now accessible on the outside of the bag where you can see them and get to them immediately.”

Plano KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags Features and Specifications

  • Molded top holds one StowAway® secured by elastic bungee for quick access
  • TPE coating surrounds bag with water-resistant protection
  • Utili-Tackle™ Rail System includes 34 accessory attachment points, plus tie-down slots
  • Waterproof base with elevated, rubber feet
  • MOLLE attachment points offer additional storage options
  • Waterproof pocket specially sized for cell phone, wallet, etc.
  • Sturdy Velcro plier holder
  • Bright red interior improves visibility in low light
  • Large mesh back pocket and compartmentalized front pocket
  • Four StowAway boxes included (3600 size holds five, 3700 size holds six)

Model PLAB36700: 3600 / 14.5”L x 12.5”W x 12.5H” / MSRP $99.99

Model PLAB37700: 3700 / 19.5”L x 10”W x 11H” / MSRP $119.99

It’s no coincidence the world’s most successful competitive angler trusts Plano to protect and transport his gear. These new KVD Signature Series Tackle Bags provide avid anglers with customizable storage, premium-grade protection and unmatched organization and access. So be like KVD; power on and fish fast. These exceptional new bags will take care of the rest.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Legend Tournament® Bass Pitchin’ rod

New Legend Tournament® Bass Pitchin’ rod – debuting at the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic Expo – promises improved accuracy and comfort

Park Falls, WI – In bass fishing, like baseball, every pitch counts. Much like painting the corners of the plate, pitching a wakeless bait into a laydown or grass pocket is often what wins games.

“As time goes by, a lot more anglers are pitching than flipping,” says Dan Johnston, National Accounts Manager for St. Croix Rods and bass fishing expert. “Down and up with one hand pitching is being used in more scenarios all the time, from docks to laydowns to grass edges. The funny thing is, many of the rods being billed as pitching rods are actually flipping sticks, and there’s a big difference in the technique mechanics and what’s required from a rod.”

To that end, St. Croix Rod is proud to introduce a new technique-specific model to the Legend Tournament® Bass series, the 7’ 5” medium-power, fast action Pitchin’ rod (LBC75HMF). The St. Croix design team painstakingly considered countless factors to create the ideal pitching rod, including rod length, power, action and ergonomics, to best suit contemporary pitching situations and baits.

“First, 7’5” is the perfect length to cover a wide variety of pitching distances — from short to far — without getting in the way of common obstructions. The length is also long enough to transfer a lot of energy for sure hooksets. Secondly, the moderate-fast action protects braid and fluorocarbon lines and supplies the right amount of deflection given braid’s lack of stretch. This means you can jack fish from a close distance and the rod absorbs much of the energy to keep bass buttoned. As to the heavy power, we wanted to create a rod that’s simply going to get fish around cover and into the boat, end of story,” says Johnston.

The Legend Tournament Bass Pitchin’ rod also features the progressive, proprietary St. Croix technologies found in other Legend Tournament Bass models, including Integrated Poly Curve® (IPC®) tooling technology, Advanced Reinforcing Technology™ (ART™), and high-modulus/high-strain SCIV graphite with FRS for unparalleled strength and durability.

“The Pitchin’ rod is fantastic addition to the family,” notes Johnston, “We retained the Fuji K-Series Tangle-Free Guides with Alconite Rings and put a pitching/casting guide platform on it to reduce line slap and increase accuracy. The result is a rod where the line moves like a laser through the guides for far greater pitching accuracy.”

The new rod also features a Fuji PTS blank-touch reel seat with built-in hood, which drops the reel farther down into the reel seat. “This is a really comfortable set-up for anglers who palm the reel when pitching. The feedback has been very positive,” adds Johnston.

Missouri-based BASS Elite pro Brian Snowden is one angler who’s has been very impressed with the Legend Tournament Bass Pitchin’ rod. “For fishing shallow, sparse grass or laydowns in tight quarters — especially with overhanging trees — it’s become my go-to stick. The length is perfect; not too long to interfere with overhanging objects but still powerful enough to set the hook while fishing in tight conditions. Its moderate-fast action allows me to fish a variety of lures ranging in size from 1/8- to ¾-ounce, which is a pretty wide and versatile range for one rod,” says Snowden.

All-new for 2018, Legend Tournament Bass rods have been refined to include a new guide train, improved reel seats and split-grip cork handles. The series has also been expanded to 31 models, including new 8’ plus models leading the way in long-rod performance. All Legend Tournament Bass rods boast 15-year transferable warranties backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. Retail prices range from $250 to $400.

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Millennium Marine Introduces Rod Transport Rack and Single SpyderLok Rod Holder

Pearl, Mississippi – Millennium Outdoors, the proud manufacturers of Millennium Marine, announces the 2018 release of the Single Spyderlok Rod Holder and the Rod Transport Rack.

“Our team of innovators at Millennium Marine designed the Single Spyderlok Rod Holder to accommodate and adjust the rod head with ease,” said William Vancor, National Sales Manager of Millennium Outdoors Marine/Aviation Division. “The rod holder has the same innovative technologies introduced with the original Spyderlok Rod Holder that outdoorsmen know and love; the single rod is specifically designed for one rod rather than four. Anglers will be able to keep things secure as they reel in a trophy fish.”

Utilizing unique SpyderLok technology, the Single SpyderLok Rod Holder has tight secure locking angles and sure lock adjustments to keep the rod in place. The mounting plate is flush with the carpet, eliminating stubbed toes and tripping hazards.  No tools are necessary to use, and the smooth and easy angle adjustment maintains the rod’s position.

Active anglers looking to head out on the water to fish with family and friends can also use the Rod Transport Rack. Perfect for group fishing trips and excursions, the Rod Transport Rack allows anglers to transport up to eight rods at one time with ease and convenience. SpyderLok technology locks things in place, and keeps rods separate and easily identifiable.

Whether fisherman are trolling fresh or salt waters, they will be able to transport their rods with ease and achieve the perfect set-up for a great day out on the water with Millennium.

About Millennium Outdoors

Headquartered in Pearl, Mississippi, Millennium Outdoors has shown a long-standing commitment to quality in everything they craft. This commitment has positioned Millennium for sound growth within the outdoor lifestyle space, as they continue to meticulously design and engineer an impressive array of products in the hunting, fishing, and boating segments. Known primarily for their excellence in comfort and performance, Millennium Outdoors is remaining focused on hunting and fishing safety, success, and enjoyment. For more information on Millennium Outdoors, visit www.millenniummarine.com

Contact:

Becky Hodgins – Account Manager, Hatch Marketing Group

becky@hatchmg.com

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — B.A.S.S., along with other hunting, angling, conservation and outdoor industry organizations, today submitted public comments in support of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to prevent Asian carp from infesting the Great Lakes.

The Brandon Road Lock and Dam, near Joliet, Ill., and below the Chicago Area Waterway System is a chokepoint to reduce the risk of invasive Asian carp swimming directly into Lake Michigan. The Corps’ “Tentatively Selected Plan” (TSP) proposes a gauntlet of technologies including an electric barrier, water jets, complex sound and a flushing lock to reduce the risk of Asian carp getting through, while still allowing navigation through the lock.

“Asian carp pose one of the greatest threats to the Great Lakes and the world-class smallmouth bass fishery that anglers travel from all over the country to enjoy,” said B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland. “The Great Lakes are home to many invasive species. Some of those invaders have been worse than others, but just how many more can the system take before it reaches a tipping point and bad things start to happen? Bass fishermen sometimes don’t recognize invasive species as such a bad thing, especially when you talk about the Great Lakes.

“Zebra mussels and gobies, while real problems for industry and shipping, have proved to be a boon to the bass population, but nothing good can come from an Asian carp invasion. These fish have incredibly high reproductive potential, and in short order, can make up the majority of the pounds of fish a body of water can support. They filter out the plankton that is the base of the food chain for everything else, there are few markets for them and no real way to control the population explosion.”

While expressing support for the TSP, the groups in the letter also urge the Corps of Engineers to pursue full federal funding of the $275 million estimated cost, rather than require a local cost share, due to the national significance of the issue.

Additionally, the groups noted that Congress authorized the Corps to prevent aquatic invasive species transfer between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, and therefore the Corps needs to continue pursuing a two-way solution to preventing aquatic invasive species transfer. However, that pursuit should be simultaneous without diverting resources from moving ahead with the TSP.

“Competing interests and politics-as-usual have stalled the closure of the carp pathway to Lake Michigan for too long,” said Gilliland. “It’s been studied to death, and we know what needs to be done. There is just no more time. This needs to be pushed through, or we stand to lose one of this country’s greatest fisheries.”

The groups also encourage the Corps to explore Aquatic Nuisance Species treatment technology that can be used in the locks, as well as continuing other efforts to reduce the Asian carp population below the lock and dam.

The Corps issued a timeline with the release of the plan, which estimates a final report in August 2019, at which point it will be up to Congress to approve and fund the project, with a construction completion date of 2025 if there is no delay in approval and funding.

B.A.S.S. is among 50 conservation and fishing industry groups signing the letter of support. Others include the American Sportfishing Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation and B.A.S.S. Nation organizations in Ohio and Michigan.

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

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Media Contact: JamieDay Matthews, 205-313-0945, jmatthews@bassmaster.com or Dave Precht, 205-313-0931, dprecht@bassmaster.com.

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Bill Wentroth, north-central region Fisheries supervisor, reports these aggressive predator fish, a cross between striped bass and white bass sometimes referred to as “Franken-fish,” are produced at the Byron State Fish Hatchery in a process that involves the cooperation of Fisheries staff at various sites across the state.
The hybrids are functionally sterile, so all 1.25 million hybrid fingerlings stocked in 22 state reservoirs in 2016 were created at the Byron fish hatchery.

Wentroth said the striped bass hybrid populations have done particularly well in Altus-Lugert, Skiatook, Waurika, Carl Blackwell and Sooner lakes. The state record was caught at Altus-Lugert in 1997 and weighed 23 pounds, 4 ounces. It is a successful program that creates exciting outdoor experiences for Oklahoma’s anglers every year, he said.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two mullet fishermen on Dec. 4 for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Clayton M. Buras, 35, of Franklinton, and Joseph L. Neal, 39, of Boothville, for taking commercial mullet during illegal hours.

Agents were responding to complaints of illegal mullet fishing when they observed the two subjects shining the water in an attempt to locate mullet. Agents then stopped the vessel and found mullet strike net filled with mullet still alive around 3 a.m. near Port Eads in South Pass.

Agents seized 1,966 pounds of mullet and a 1,200-foot mullet strike net. Louisiana law prohibits the commercial taking of mullet after legal sunset.

Taking commercial mullet during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

The two may also face a mandatory mullet permit suspension for a conviction of illegal fishing. There is a mandatory one-year suspension for first conviction, two year suspension for a second conviction and a life suspension for a third conviction.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.