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Hatcheries: Ten Reasons to Volunteer

If You’ve Got Lots of Time and Want to Help, Think About Volunteering at a Local Hatchery

Hatcheries by Debbie Kay

Hatcheries have contributed much to the sport of fishing since they were established nationwide by Ulysses S. Grant in 1871.  They have been used to repopulate endangered populations, expand fishing opportunities in public waters and introduce sport fish in regions outside their native range.  Today’s hatcheries tend to focus mainly on two activities:  stocking sport fish and replenishing or fortifying native populations.  The hatchery systems rely largely on volunteers, and it’s often easy to get a position helping them. Continue reading Hatcheries: Ten Reasons to Volunteer

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Six Ways to Protect Your Fishing Hole

Fishing Hole By Ben Team

Anglers aren’t the only people to enjoy lakes, ponds and rivers, but we are definitely among the most active aquatic recreationists.  We also have the most to lose should our fishing hole be spoiled.  As such, most of us guard our favorite fishing hole from swimmers and tubers as though they were state secrets.  However, far greater dangers lie in pollution, invasive species or population declines.  Accordingly, it is incumbent on us, the anglers of the world, to do our part to keep the lakes, rivers and ponds of the world healthy.  This doesn’t take an unreasonable amount of effort either; by embracing these six steps, you can help ensure your favorite fishing hole remains productive for years to come. Continue reading Six Ways to Protect Your Fishing Hole

How to Find and Catch Rockfish

Not as Glamorous as Other Saltwater Gamefish, but the Rockfish Has Just as Much to Offer


Rockfish by Debbie Kay

In the cool waters of the Pacific Northwest, Salmon, steelhead, and halibut get most of the attention.  However, rockfish is another saltwater staple that shouldn’t be overlooked for its fun factor or the tasty results of cooking one up.  Continue reading How to Find and Catch Rockfish

Post-Spawn Bass: What are They up to?

Knowing a Little About Bass’ Post-Spawn Behavior Can Keep You Hooking Fish Through the Summer

Post-spawn Bass By Ben Team

A short time ago, we discussed the basic behavior of bass in the pre-spawn period.  Now that the temperature is warmer, we need to discuss the tendencies of post-spawn bass and some of the best presentations and patterns from catching them. Continue reading Post-Spawn Bass: What are They up to?

Study Shows that Fishing Combats Stress

Scientists Explain Why Anglers, Coloring Book Fans and Buddhist Monks are Among the Happiest

Debbie Kay

There is no question that fly fishing – well, all fishing – is a relaxing hobby, at least the way many people do it.  However, scientists have shown that it’s not only relaxing, but the practice can rewire your brain to respond better to stresses when they happen.  This is similar to the studies that have been done recently on coloring, which was also shown to lower overall stress levels when done regularly. Continue reading Study Shows that Fishing Combats Stress

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