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Trailered boats will not be permitted on Standley Lake near Westminster beginning this summer due to increasing concerns of zebra and quagga mussel infestation.
The Coast Guard is urging paddlecraft owners to properly secure and label their vessels after responding to two unmanned-adrift vessel cases Tuesday evening.
As the region’s largest outdoors event, the event offers hundreds of exhibits featuring the newest products for boating, hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling.

Sportsman Channel host of Skull Bound TV, Jana Waller, along with other notable outdoor lifestyle talent and producers, will be at the Pepsi Center on March 27 as Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks celebrate “Conservation Night” when the Colorado Avalanche welcome the defending Western Conference champion Las Vegas Golden Knights.
On April 4, the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater will premiere a stunning new documentary, Hidden Rivers of Southern Appalachia, which offers the next best thing to trekking to a nearby stream with a snorkel and dive mask.
A new report from NOAA Fisheries identifies challenges and recommendations to better detect, understand, assess, and manage shifting distributions and changing productivity of marine species with changing climate and ocean conditions.

NOAA Fisheries has determined that Idaho’s Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan for their recreational steelhead fishery provides necessary protections for salmon and steelhead listed under the ESA.
Heavy snowpack and a large influx of water likely in the next few months should bring on the best walleye action in years.
At the recent South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) Meeting in Jekyll Island, Ga., the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) reported the results of a series of workshops focused on ways to achieve better recreational fisheries management of snapper grouper species in the South Atlantic.

ODFW will be stocking 47 waterbodies with 89,559 legal-size trout (give or take) this week – just in time for springbreak.
Buck Knives, leader in sports cutlery, is pleased to announce the sponsorship of FLW and Major League Fishing professional angler, Scott Ashmore from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Mammoth® Coolers, a leading provider of premium rotomolded coolers, drinkware, and accessories proudly announces the addition of Wally Marshall™, a.k.a. “Mr. Crappie®”, to the Mammoth® Coolers team.

The MLSA formed in the fall of 2014 with the express purpose to preserve and protect the trophy smallmouth fishery on Mille Lacs.
A 10-year plan for the Lake Stone Fish Management Area will be presented at a public hearing in Pensacola on Thursday, March 28. People are invited to the 7 p.m. public hearing at the Ernie Lee Magaha Governmental Complex, Board of County Commissioner Chambers, 221 Palafox Place.
Muskegon River anglers should be on the lookout for Department of Natural Resources personnel collecting walleye eggs below Croton Dam this spring.
The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 1,400 10-inch trout at Bridgeport State Recreation Area northwest lake and 900 trout at the Riverside Discovery Center (zoo) pond in Scottsbluff.
Hunting, trapping, fishing, and other authorized uses will continue to be allowed on these areas, and the Corps will maintain current points of access.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries supports California legislation that seeks to amend a law that would damage Louisiana businesses’ chances to earn millions of dollars in the sale of alligator-related products.
Anglers have three opportunities in March to meet with state fishery managers to talk about salmon fisheries in the mid- and upper Columbia River and lower Snake River before this year's seasons are set.
Anglers from 18 southeastern and southcentral counties of the state are gearing up to fish their favorite spots at 8:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, which marks the traditional regional opening day of trout season.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks two members to represent the state’s Fish Passage Task Force.
This weekend on Discovery Channel, you’re not going to want to miss new programming from The Fish Guyz, The Next Bite, The Experience and more.
Mossy Oak GO is now streaming "Kevin VanDam Bassmaster Classic," an all-new series featuring one of fishing's all-time greatest competitive bass anglers.
Join women of all ages as they try new activities in hunting, fishing, boating and more, refine their skills, and meet like-minded individuals.

FRANKFORT, Ky.   With all of the rain we received early this year, many anglers are wondering when the white bass run will begin this spring.

“We are about there, 60 degrees is the magic number for water temperature,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The redbud blooms are as good an indicator as anything.”

Redbud trees began displaying buds in parts of central Kentucky over the past 10 days and will pop out across the South soon. “We haven’t missed anything yet and the run may arrive on time this year,” Hardin said. “Last year was spotty, starts and stops with the fish as confused as the anglers. We had up and down weather and water levels.”

Reports surfaced last week of a few white bass making a headwater run in the Salt River above Taylorsville Lake, but nighttime temperatures in the 20s this week blunted that movement a bit.

“This week, the night temperatures are increasing, so you won’t get those big cool downs as much now,” Hardin said. “It will be warmer compared to what it was.”

Lakes are dropping dramatically, allaying concerns expressed by anglers about the impact on the white bass runs from the record or near record water levels in some of our major reservoirs in February. Nolin River Lake is now just below summer pool, while Taylorsville Lake is still just above summer pool, but dropping rapidly.

“Knowing when to fish is always a mystery, especially for white bass,” Hardin said. “It’s temperature, light and flow with temperature being the main thing. All you need is that trigger. If you have everything right and you get that flow, it is time to go. If you have the correct water temperature, but no flow, you still should go. You can’t catch them at home.”

Hardin explained white bass runs can occur anywhere from 54 to 68 degrees. Water temperatures in major reservoirs now hover just below 50 degrees. The sunny days and huge warm up expected over the coming weekend and into next week should push water temperatures into the 50s.

“It can happen over the course of one day,” Hardin said. “Someone is going to discover they are running soon.”

The headwaters of Taylorsville Lake and up into the Salt River make one of the best bank fishing spots for white bass in central Kentucky. The best access is via a parking lot on Palmer Road.

It is a matter of walking, casting and then walking a bit more until you find fish. A 1/16-ounce in-line spinner in combinations of silver, white, chartreuse or pink are hard to beat for the Salt River. A pink or chartuese 1/32-ounce feather jig suspended under a bobber and allowed to gently float in the current also scores white bass.

The Nolin River above Bacon Creek boat ramp and upstream to Wheeler’s Mill Road (KY 694) is arguably the best white bass run in the state. The white bass in the Nolin River Lake earned an “excellent” rating in the Fishery Division’s 2019 Kentucky Fishing Forecast.

A white 2 1/2-inch boot-tailed grub or 3-inch swimbait is a deadly lure for Nolin River white bass. Rig them on a 1/8-ounce head for good casting distance. Broad Ford offers good bank access at the bridge over the Nolin River on KY 1214. Boaters using Bacon Creek Ramp to travel upstream must watch the rocky shoals to prevent motor damage.

The headwaters of Green River Lake produce good numbers of white bass up to 14 inches long as does the headwaters of Herrington Lake. Bank anglers may access the Dix River just above the lake at Dix River Voluntary Public Access Area, off Rankin Road via KY 52 between Danville and Lancaster. This area drips with fishing history as Herrington Lake was a white bass mecca in the era after World War II. These waters still produce trophy white bass 14 inches and longer.

Small shad-colored topwater propeller baits make great choices for fishing both Green River Lake headwaters and Dix River.

The Kentucky River below locks and dams produces surprising white bass action. A 3-inch white curly tailed grub rigged on a 1/8-ounce leadhead makes a great lure choice for the Kentucky River. Keep probing the water column until you find fish. Lock and Dam 2 at Lockport in Henry County grants excellent bank fishing access for white bass.

All of the ingredients are now here for the white bass runs to commence. Running white bass, once located, provide as much action as any form of fishing.

Remember to buy your fishing license if you have not already. The new license year began March 1.


Author Lee McClellan is a nationally award-winning associate editor for Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. He is a life-long hunter and angler, with a passion for smallmouth bass fishing.

March 22-24
New England Saltwater Fishing Show

Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, largest SW show in northeast:

Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.;

April 9
Inshore/Nearshore Fishing Seminar

Captain Jeff Hagaman presents an inshore/nearshore fishing seminar with Captain Mike Anderson of “Reel Animals TV” and radio programs, 7 to 9 at Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, free food and drink.

May 16-19
Emerald Coast Open Lionfish Tournament

Destin, Florida, cash prizes for most lionfish brought in;

May 23-24
2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

June 3-9
Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel, Biloxi, MS;

June 19-23
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, FL;

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