Construction begins July 10 on a new intake pipe for the Casco Hatchery. During the construction project there will be a pipeline floating on the southern end of Pleasant Lake. The floating pipeline will be marked appropriately to alert boaters.
This summer, it seems like we’ve been on a weather rollercoaster, with big swings in temperatures and stream flows. The successful angler will heed the old scout’s motto of "be prepared." Resolve to change up your methods and gear if you’re not catching much. The weather has the fish confused at times, which makes things more challenging. For bass, think "subsurface" during the day and "topwater" at night. For trout, go north or head to the mountains for the best success.
After Arctic charr became perilously close to disappearing from one of the last remaining ponds in Maine, actions by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have restored the charr population in Big Reed Pond in northern Piscataquis county. This was confirmed last week by IFW fisheries biologists who documented wild, naturally-reproducing Arctic charr at Big Reed Pond.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it will be temporarily closing the Niantic River State Boat Launch in Waterford on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 for line striping in the parking lot. The boat launch will re-open on Friday, June 16th.
Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.
Women in the Outdoors (WITO) is an event that provides interactive, educational, outdoor opportunities for women aged 13 and up. WITO is perfect for beginners, and with nearly 30 instructional classes, seminars, and activities, there’s something for everyone. Classes include Wilderness Survival, Birdwatching, Outdoor Photography, Rifle Marksmanship, Fly-Fishing 101, Game Processing, and many more. Organized by the National Wild Turkey Federation Central Massachusetts Chapter and sponsored in part by MassWildlife's Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, the 2017 WITO event will be held on Saturday, July 29 at the Auburn Sportsman’s Club (50 Elm Street). Space is limited and registration is required. For a full list of classes and to register, please click here.
Be sure to bring the family to the Family Fun and Field Day at Barre Fish & Game Club on Saturday, July 29 starting at 9:30 a.m., and stay to hear who wins a moose permit at the annual moose lottery live at noon with on-site broadcast by Froggy 100.9 radio.
Summer weather is here, lakes and ponds are warming up, and fish kills may occur. The sight of dead and dying fish along the shores of a favorite pond or river can be distressing and can prompt concerns about pollution. However, the vast majority of summer fish kills reported are natural events.
Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that for the eleventh consecutive year, one of the most sought after freshwater game fish species in the country, the Channel Catfish, has been stocked into twenty-four water bodies across Connecticut (see list of locations below.)
There’s still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire’s 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction. The auction is in its ninth year and is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser to support the programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) urges residents to keep a tally of all sightings of hen turkeys and poults (young-of-the-year) from June 1 through August 31 as part of the Wildlife Division’s Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey. Results from this survey allow DEEP biologists to accurately determine turkey productivity and reproductive success by estimating the average number of turkey poults per hen statewide, assessing annual fluctuations in the turkey population, gauging reproductive success each year, and evaluating recruitment of new birds into the fall population.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) – in partnership with Trout Unlimited, United Fly-Tyers of Rhode Island, and the Wood River Fly-Fishing Association – will host a free fly-fishing clinic for women this month.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a series of free recreational clamming workshops this summer. The workshops, led by a local shellfisherman, review the history and value of shellfishing in Rhode Island and provide an opportunity for participants to dig for their own clams.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the City of Central Falls and Progreso Latino, will host a kids' saltwater fishing excursion aboard the Francis Fleet Charter out of Point Judith on Wednesday. Fifty local children and their families will participate in the free event, spending an afternoon on Narragansett Bay learning to fish and identify marine life in the Bay.
Space is still available in a course for women who want to learn how to get started hunting ducks and geese. The N.H. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) presents “Duck, Duck, Goose: An introduction to Waterfowl Hunting,” on August 12, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness, N.H.
Construction continues ahead of schedule on the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project. Currently, the new water intake pipe is fully assembled and crews are pressure testing the 3,900’ pipeline in preparation for lowering it to the lake bottom.
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Deer hunters are reminded that the deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit is July 16, 2017. This permit is required for any hunter who wishes to hunt antlerless deer. There is no fee to apply; a $5 fee is charged if you are awarded a permit during the Instant Award Period. The Instant Award Period begins August 1 at 8:00 A.M. and continues through December 31; this is NOT a first-come first-served system. If you have not yet applied, you may do so by logging into the MassFishHunt licensing system at mass.gov/massfishhunt