Fishing for striped bass on the Hudson River in downtown Albany

ALBANY — For about five weeks each spring the action is hot and heavy around the state’s capital. It’s not about politics, though. It’s about fishing – striped bass fishing. Each spring, huge striped bass from the ocean make their way some 168 miles up the Hudson River to spawn, stopping at the federal dam in Troy. The fishing season for these huge fish kicks off April 1 and peak time...

From pollution-munching fungi to tech that tags fishing nets: five plastic-busting projects

The winners of a £1m grant fund that is designed to tackle plastic pollution have been revealed From marine scientists to charities, the winners of the Plan Plastic, The Million Pound Challenge grant fund have been announced. The fund – from Waitrose, which is working in partnership with environmental charity Hubbub – will be allocated over one year to projects that can demonstrate they reduce...

A trick for keeping track of time while fishing

I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but I have a couple of bad habits that I find hard to break. I’ve talked about my propensity to procrastinate a couple of times in the past. That’s a tough one to shake for me, to be sure. Another one is the way I tend to get lost when I am doing something I enjoy. I am talking about fishing, but when I say “lost,” I am not talking about being directionally...

Fishing areas off Cape Cod reopened for lobstermen

PLYMOUTH — With their traps piled high on the docks and buoys loaded in their trucks, lobstermen from across the South Shore gathered Thursday morning at the town dock here to protest extended fishing closures to protect right whales. Within hours, officials at the state Division of Marine Fisheries changed their minds and rescinded their decision to extend the ban on lobster traps in Cape Cod Bay....

Stop eating fish. It’s the only way to save the life in our seas

Unhindered by regulation, driven by greed, the fishing industry is the greatest threat to our oceans. We must take action It is the most important news humanity has ever received: the general collapse of life on Earth. The vast international assessment of the state of nature, as revealed on Monday, tells us that the living planet is in a death spiral. Yet it’s hardly surprising that it appeared on...

Want to rate Utah’s fishing holes? Now you can

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has launched a new website that offers an in-depth, interactive fishing map. While the division has provided online fishing reports for nearly 20 years, this interactive map, which can be found at https://dwrapps.utah.gov/fishing/fStart will provide more details and will allow users to find a place to fish near their current location. It also...

World-class fishing just a short drive away in Merced County

For world-class striped-bass fishing, look no further than two neighboring bodies of water on the eastern slopes of the Pacific Coast ranges of Merced County. San Luis Reservoir and O’Neill Forebay, just off Interstate 5 west of Los Banos, have produced fish weighing upwards of 65 pounds. Some call these monsters “Moby Bass.” San Luis was built as a storage facility for irrigation water for the...

Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter to screen fly fishing film April 30 in Casper

CASPER, Wyo. — The Sierra Club Wyoming Chapter will hold a free screening of “Trout Country: Fly Fishing on a Changing Yellowstone” from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 at Adbay in Casper. “This 15-minute film takes us down the Yellowstone River and demonstrates the very real economic, environmental, and emotional impacts of a rapidly changing climate on the river ecosystem and the community...

Mutton snapper on the reefs and bluegill in the St. Johns River are biting

Mosquito Lagoon: There has been good action for anglers seeking to sight-cast trout. On days where winds don’t ruffle the water too much, anglers are able to make well-placed casts at speckled trout lying in shallow potholes. Look for them in spots where there is still a little sea grass. Redfish are being found closer to the channels where they can be caught with shrimp or cut bait fished on...

The Future of Fishing Is Female: Nicole Stelmach

For former professional angler and family-fishing ambassador Nicole Stelmach, catching fish is all about creating memories There are a lot of things that Nicole Stelmach, a former professional angler and mom, likes about fish. One of the most important: they don’t discriminate. It’s a theme that Stelmach, a tireless champion of the sport, always returns to. “I remind women that on the water,...