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Trout Anglers; Never Overlook Old-School Trout Flies
Posted on: 03/03/2020
Evolution is a slow process. We tend to believe that the trout swimming in our rivers now are smarter than the ones that were swimming there 25 or even 100 years ago, but the truth is they’ll eat the same flies they did back then. Thanks to modern synthetic materials and flashy new patterns, a lot of the old stuff has lost its rightful place in fly boxes. But....

State Directory for FREE Fishing Days in 2020
Posted on: 02/14/2020
These are days – some states even offer free fishing weekends – where anglers can go fishing without a license. Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing, out on the water for the day. National Fishing and Boating Week -- June 6-14th . Check out the next free fishing days in your state...

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       *** DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS SOME OUTDOOR EVENTS MAY BE CANCELED OR POSTPONED ***:
Hunter education clinics, youth clinics, fishing tournaments or derbies, Outdoor Expos and more are canceled or postponed so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to attend.

       *** MOST STATES OFFERING FREE FRESHWATER FISHING ***
Most state are waiving freshwater fishing licenses and offering FREE fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic, so PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you wanted to visit.

       *** MOST STATE PARKS ARE OPEN***  However due to the COVID 19 Virus, visitor centers and some facilities like bathrooms, campgrounds and boat ramps may be closed. PLEASE check with the Department of Fish and Game in your state or the state you want to visit. UPDATE: Yellowstone is now closed to all visitors. For the latest updates and information on our National Parks see the National Parks website

       *** FOR THE GOOD OF ALL ***
States are doing their best to allow parks and fishing to remain open to the public, HOWEVER it is YOU that must follow the guidelines set, such as social distancing to help control the spread of COVID-19. If WE dont follow these guidelines everyone will loose privileges such as hiking, fishing and more during this pandemic.

Arizona 2020 Leftover Elk Permit-Tags Remain Only for “Low Density” Hunt
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Arizona GFD random draw for 2020 elk hunts has been over for weeks, and all leftover permit-tags are gone -- with one exception. More than 600 hunt permit-tags remain available for the minimal occurrence zone/low-density hunt in game management units 12A, 12B, 13A and 13B. There are two ways that hunters can purchase these leftovers on a first-come, first-served basis by...

Michigan 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Open April 18 - OTC permits may still be available
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Michigan 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to open April 18 and run through May 31.Detailed information about spring turkey regulations, management units, hunting hours and more can be found in the Spring Turkey Digest. Any leftover licenses will be sold until quotas are met. Any limited-quota licenses that remain as of March 30 at 10 a.m. EST may be purchased by any hunter, including...

New Hampshire 2020 Spring Turkey Hunting Season to Proceed as Scheduled
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Granite State’of New Hampshire's 2020 spring turkey hunt remains slated to open on May 1, and run through May 31, with the youth turkey hunt taking place the preceding weekend, Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26. However, this is subject to change based on the statewide efforts to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Because of this public health emergency, many licensing agents may be closed or...

Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations Changes for Trout & Atlantic Striped Bass
Posted on: 03/31/20

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) recently announced several changes to the 2020 trout season changes to the Atlantic striped bass fishing regulations within the Delaware Estuary, Delaware River, and West Branch Delaware River. Other changes include...

West Virginia Residents can Enjoy FREE Fishing through April 24
Posted on: 03/27/20

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced that to encourage solitary outdoor activity during the coronavirus outbreak, state residents can enjoy free fishing through Friday, April 24. The requirement to possess a fishing license to fish in state-regulated waters has been waived for state residents, though anglers must practice safe social distancing. Law enforcement officers with the DNR will continue to patrol all...

Wyoming Parks to Stay Open - Visitor Centers Closed
Posted on: 03/27/20

Wyoming’s state parks like the Grand Teton and Yellowstone offer a variety of outdoor alternatives for solo adventurers and small family groups alike. Hiking and biking are popular activities at nearly all parks, while some offer fishing, boating, archery and other sports. With plenty of wide-open spaces, individuals and families can explore on their own or establish a safe distance between themselves and others. While parks are open, indoor spaces including...

Maryland Fishing Update and Changes Due to COVID-19 Virus
Posted on: 03/26/20

Due to COVID-19 virus Maryland has a few changes anglers should be aware of, as well as other fishing regulations. In order to protect public health and safety and to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Licensing and Registration Centers are now closed. Governor Hogan has issued an executive order related to licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations that may be expiring or...

All Colorado Parks and Wildlife Campgrounds Now Closed Until Further Notice
Posted on: 03/27/20

As the State of Colorado continues taking measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, CPW will close all playgrounds, campgrounds, camping and camping facilities (including yurts and cabins) at Colorado’s state parks as well as camping at State Wildlife Areasas of March 26 until further notice. CPW will notify all campers currently on-site to vacate immediately. non-campground outdoor areas of parks, including trails, boat ramps, marinas and shorelines remain open foe now. Restrooms also remain open, however...

ODNR Update on Operations During Coronavirus Outbreak
Posted on: 03/26/20

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) continues to operate in accordance to guidance from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Ohio. We want to assure our guests that we are monitoring the situation closely and doing all we can to protect our staff and the public. Outdoor Properties; As of right now, public outdoor spaces at...

States Close 2020 Columbia River Fisheries
Posted on: 03/26/20

The state of Washington and the Oregon DFW recently announced that it will close recreational salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River, effective Thursday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. Oregon and Washington jointly manage fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River bordering both states and seek to have concurrent regulations. Washington and the ODFW anticipates the Columbia River salmon and steelhead fishing closure lasting...