Proposed ban on net fishing draws broad opposition

Environmental groups are joining with the commercial fishing industry to oppose Initiative 696, even though the November ballot measure’s proclaimed goal is saving the region’s salmon. Support for I-696 is coming almost entirely from sport fishing organizations, which have anted up thousands of dollars to fund the effort. Most of the money to fight the […]

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I Remember Papa Bear

As I sat typing copy for the new Bear Archery Catalog I heard a loud splat! on the desk behind me. Started, I immediately swung around to see what the noise was all about, and the I tried to claw my way through the wall of “the swamp,” which is what Fred Bear called my […]

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Falling-water bass: how to find fish on the move

One of the most perplexing problems bass fishermen must deal with is how to catch fish in falling water. Water levels drop routinely on reservoirs, river systems, and sometimes even in natural lakes, often after spring runoffs have swelled the water to above-normal levels. Fishing tends to be good when the water is on the […]

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Gist: high-seas driftnet fishing

International fisheries issues, once focused on division of the catch, increasingly are related to the conservation of marine life and averting threats to life in the high seas. The United States has long shared a deep concern for the conservation and protection of living marine resources. Through negotiation of bilateral and multilateral agreements and by […]

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Lake Michigan fishing: no shore thing

Denny Grinold, a happy man, spends at least half his time outdoors in the fresh air helping people have fun. That’s his own description of his career as owner-captain of a 33-foot sport fishing boat that cruises out of Grand Haven, Michigan. Great Lakes fishing has undergone both highs and lows in recent decades. The […]

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The Ritual and the River

IT IS 41 DEGREES and raining. The sky is bruised. My fingers are numb, and I am cold. Winter is near, and the fish know it. The ancients who once lived on this land I am kneeling on were smarter than I am. They were connected to this earth and to the temperaments of its […]

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