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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019

EVENTS
Every year the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center opens its doors to the public for the annual Open House, set this year for April 27-28.
Two classes of high-performance boats capable of exceeding 100 mph are just part of the fun in this annual event on Florida's southwest coast.
FISHERIES
The Deepwater Horizon Oceanic Fish Restoration Project, an Early Restoration Phase IV project led by NOAA, kicked off the third year of a partnership to restore important fish species impacted by the oil spill.

The fishing season, which included spearing or hook-and-line fishing, was scheduled to run Feb. 2-6, or until the harvest quota had been reached--and that came very quickly.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce that Kerry Graves has been honored as the Service’s 2018 Supervisor of the Year in the Southwest Region. Graves manages Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
Along with Duke Energy and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), CCA Florida began releasing over 16,000 juvenile and adult redfish in southwest Florida counties this month.

If you’re planning to fish for yellow perch this spring, keep in mind that there’s a new daily possession limit – 25 fish, reduced from 50 – starting April 1 on nearly all state waters.
The winter regulations on Lake of the Woods that begin March 1 will match the current summer regulations, reducing the aggregate walleye and sauger limit from eight to six, with no more than four walleye.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District invites the public to provide scoping input on the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries will be hosting a workshop in Kenner, LA, on February 12, 2019, to inform owners or operators of vessels with federal Gulf charter/headboat reef fish permits or Gulf charter/headboat coastal migratory pelagics permits about new electronic reporting requirements.
The trout stocking at Bacon Creek is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Previously scheduled for Jan. 26, the stocking was postponed due to unsafe ice conditions.
INVASIVE SPECIES
Montana FWP and inspection partners* checked more than 109,000 watercraft last year, the most inspections conducted since the program started in 2004.

NEW PRODUCTS
Offered in 11 different models with specific actions for every salmon fishing technique, G. Loomis introduces the newly-designed E6X Salmon rods.
ORGANIZATIONS
The recreational fishing community is coming off one of the most productive sessions of Congress in recent memory with the success of the Modern Fish Act and more.
PRO TEAMS
Check out this video and get some tips on fishing the ElazTech worm for largemouths on Alabama's Lake Eufaula.

RADIO
This week on America Outdoors Radio we continue to profile sportsmen's shows, especially specialty shows like The Fly Fishing Show which is making stops across the nation this winter.
SHOWS
The 2019 Progressive® Insurance World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, presented by Stihl, returns to Suffern, New York’s Rockland Community College Thursday, February 28-Sunday, March 3.
STATES
In a Feb. 4 executive order, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a restructuring of Michigan’s environmental and natural resource agencies as part of her vision to improve Michigan’s air, land, and water; protect public health; and encourage clean energy.
A family friendly trout fishing event will be held at Big Lake near Council Bluffs this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m.
TELEVISION
Join National Freshwater Fishing and Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Famer Jimmy Houston as he travels the country searching for the biggest fish around on
Jimmy Houston Outdoors on World Fishing Network on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
TOURNAMENTS
Inshore anglers from across Florida and surrounding regions will converge at Jacksonville, Florida, February 16-17, for the season-opening events for the Florida East Division of the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s and IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.
An anticipated 60 boats and over 500 anglers will embark into the Atlantic on February 22 for the 16th Annual Sailfish Challenge.
WASHINGTON
President Trump has announced his nomination of Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, an avid outdoorsman, to take over the Department officially.
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes the recently nominated David Bernhardt as the next Secretary of the Interior.
WORKSHOPS
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation (LWFF) are teaming up to present two Women’s Fishing 101 Workshops this spring.
Registration is open for spring Becoming and Outdoors Woman workshop, May 3-5, originating from the PZAZZ! Convention and Events Center, in Burlington.
YOUTH FISHING
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has received a $100,000 grant from the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation to fund a program that trains volunteer instructors to teach youth about fishing and conservation.

FISHING CALENDAR
February 2-10
Great American Outdoor Show

The annual Great American Outdoor Show will be held at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

February 7
South Shore Anglers Club meets at Sunset Grill

Ruskin, Florida—clinic by Captain Travis Yaeckel on catching big spotted sea trout, all anglers welcome; www.southshoreanglers.com.

February 9-10
Battle of the Bay

Tampa Bay to support military veterans’ organizations, $25 entry; www.mywarriorsplace.org/fishing-tournament.

February 12
Captain Mike Anderson of REEL ANIMALS radio and TV hosts the free monthly Fishing Clinic

Gator Ford off I-4 east of Tampa, featured speaker is Dave Blanchard of Pumpkin Jigs, free food and drink

February 16-17
Fly Fishing Show

Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196 th St. S.W., Lynnwood, Wash.; www.flyfishingshow.com.

March 22-24
Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic

State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C.; www.psc@dnr.sc.gov

 
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