Fishing & Boating News
Three Tournaments Rescheduled for Mid-October
(Sep 16, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced today that the Rayovac FLW Series tournament on Clear Lake presented by Evinrude, scheduled for Sept. 24-26, the College Fishing Western Conference Championship scheduled for Sept. 26-27 and the FLW/TBF High School Fishing Western Conference Championship scheduled for Sept. 27 have been rescheduled for the weekend of Oct. 15-18, due to the wildfires currently wreaking havoc in northern California.
(Sep 14, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) Do you believe that the only way to conserve our public lands and waters is to lock recreational fishermen out? Do you view recreational fishing as an extractive activity on par with oil drilling and commercial bottom
(Sep 10, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) Some of America’s top-ranked bass fisheries — plus a new wrinkle in tournament formats and an extra event — await the nation’s top professional bass anglers competing in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series.
(Sep 5, 2015 - Athens, TX) Booming populations of largemouth bass and alligator gar give anglers two good reasons to fish Falcon Reservoir. Above average rainfall in spring 2014 and 2015 following very low water levels for several years prior is sparking a resurgence of the bass population, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries biologist Randy Myers.
(Sep 1, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Jimmy Bass of Ocala, Florida, won the $10,000 grand prize playing FLW Fantasy Fishing and being named the top-scoring player in the seven-event Walmart FLW Tour season.
(Sep 1, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Tom Barry of Oak Forest, Illinois, correctly picked eight of the top 10 anglers in professional bass fishing’s world championship – the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart. For his picks, Barry won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, beating out thousands of players from around the world to win the top prize.
Throwback event features free games, prizes, food samples and big bargains on outdoor gear.
(Aug 31, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) Bass Pro Shops throwback event to bid summer goodbye, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 5 and 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops stores across the U.S. and Canada.* Hometown Festival family activities include free games, craft, prizes, face painting, food samples, and the chance to win a vintage Bass Tracker package during the Throwback Sweepstakes.
(Aug 31, 2015 - SAN ANTONIO, TX) Collegiate bass fishing fanatics will get the chance to experience the excitement of the nation's largest collegiate bass fishing event on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 when the 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's is set to air on the NBC Sports Network at 12:00 p.m. EST.
(Aug 30, 2015 - Detroit, MI) Aaron Martens slept through his alarm clock Sunday morning, got on the water 30 minutes late and still clinched the 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title three weeks early.
Uncompromising comfort and performance for big, demanding waters
(Aug 20, 2015 - Flippin, AR) From Lake Erie to Sam Rayburn and places in between, some of the country's biggest fish make their homes in some of the nation's biggest and most demanding waters. Cranking offshore ledges, dropshotting deep rock piles or even making check-in time while conditions are rough is no place for undersized - or underpowered - boats.
(Aug 20, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) With the seventh stop on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour complete, total attendance records have already been shattered before the tour’s final events.
(Aug 20, 2015 - HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) Boat Bling anglers have been challenging their fans to enter the 2015 Boat Bling Beat a Pro, Win a Boat Challenge all season long. Over the past two weeks, all but one Boat Bling pro has announced via social media that they will not be competing against the winning amateur challenger.
Grant will sponsor research for summer flounder stock assessments that help benefit anglers
(Aug 17, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation has awarded $10,000 to the Save the Summer Flounder Fishery Fund (SSFFF), a non-profit organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve fishing access to summer flounder.
(Aug 14, 2015 - ) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with Mexico to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the United States’ southern neighbor as part of the international division of the Rayovac FLW Series.
(Aug 13, 2015 - HOT SPRINGS, Ark.) As thousands of fishing fans gather in Hot Springs next week to celebrate the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport of fishing will celebrate the athletes of Special Olympics Arkansas by hosting the FLW Foundation Special Olympics Fishing Derby.
(Aug 12, 2015 - Flippin, AR) Nina Wood, co-founder of Ranger Boats and wife of bass fishing icon Forrest Wood, will be inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame in recognition of her lifetime of contributions to the outdoors and the sport of fishing.
One-of-a-kind attraction earns Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris national recognition for Shaping Retail’s Future
(Aug 4, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) More than one million visitors have experienced Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, a new national destination attraction in downtown Memphis. Located inside a massive transformed sports arena, the dynamic, immersive adventure contains restaurants, retail, a hotel and attractions designed to appeal to a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts as well as families looking to have fun.
(Jul 30, 2015 - Birmingham, AL) B.A.S.S., along with 30 other conservation organizations, has signed a letter urging Congress to restore funding for sportfishing projects suffering under the current federal budget impasse.
“States are simply better equipped to manage the fishery -- and more aware of its importance”
(Jul 17, 2015 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Leaders in the recreational fishing community today lauded new bipartisan legislation by U.S. Representatives Garret Graves (R-La.) and Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) that the president of the Center for Coastal Conservation predicted “will better conserve Gulf red snapper and finally give recreational anglers reasonable access to red snapper fishing.”
(Jul 16, 2015 - Athens, TX) Catfish anglers have until July 26 to comment on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Departmentís (TPWD) proposed catfish management plan.
FLW to Hold Press Conference in Orlando on Thursday, July 17 at 4 p.m. ET
(Jul 13, 2015 - Orlando, FL.) FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, will announce host locations and dates for the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular season dates during a press conference scheduled for Thursday, July 16 at 4 p.m. EST during ICAST 2015 held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
(Jul 2, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Tien Austin of Honolulu, Hawaii, correctly picked five of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats. For her picks, Austin won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
Murray State University Claims Second and Tennessee Tech University Takes Third
(Jul 1, 2015 - San Antonio, Texas) The University of North Alabama (UNA) landed their second consecutive Cabela's School of the Year Title with a season destined for victory. The UNA team, compiled of over forty members, kept the Cabela's School of the Year race as top priority for the season and through their hard work, commitment and dedication, they are once again crowned as the Cabela's School of the Year.
(Jun 30, 2015 - FOND DU LAC, WI) Despite a somewhat soggy summer to date, a free fishing trip for veterans that was organized by the Mercury Marine Military Veterans Network and the Fond du Lac chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries was held Saturday under sunny skies and on smooth water.
(Jun 17, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) The results have been tabulated after several months of research and the 2015 rankings for the 100 Best Bass Lakes in America have been revealed. For the first time since the inaugural rankings in 2012 when Falcon Lake in Texas was No. 1, a southern fishery has claimed the title of best lake in the country.
(Jun 15, 2015 - Hopkins, MN) WHAT: FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage.
(Jun 15, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) A new exhibition of original paintings by premier sporting artist Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) has opened at the James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History on the University of Minnesota campus. Titled THE GREAT SPORTING FISH, the show will run until August 30th.
Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship provides environmental benefits through nongame and invasive fish removal
(Jun 11, 2015 - Springfield, MO) Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship and World’s Bowfishing Fair, held June 12-14, 2015, at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri, promises a fun weekend with lasting environmental benefits for Missouri lakes.
(Jun 9, 2015 - Springfield, MO) Bass Pro Shops today announced “Gone Fishing,” a major new program to introduce people of all ages, especially urban youth and children overly-focused on their digital devices, to fishing as a gateway to discovering the outdoors.
(Jun 9, 2015 - ALICE TOWN, THE BAHAMAS) ”Come on in- the water's fine”, is the new mantra for the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina. Featuring a new family-sized pool, two completely re-built docks at the 75-slip marina, and several improvements to the boutique resorts’ 51-rooms, the popular Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina is looking forward to a very busy summer season.
(Jun 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pro Keith Amerson of Selmer, Tennessee, informed FLW of his decision Saturday to withdraw from the remaining two regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season due to a family medical obligation. A tournament field of 147 boats will compete this week at the FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers.
(Jun 5, 2015 - Austin, TX) Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is partnering with Texas Tournament Zone (TTZ) and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Watershed Protection to install fish habitat structures assembled out of brush into Lake Austin on June 7, 2015. Activities will be based out of Emma Long Park starting at 8:30 am.
Recreational Boating and Fishing Community Strongly Objects to Fishing Closure
(Jun 6, 2015 - WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, the National Park Service announced its final General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park. Despite commitments made by Biscayne National Park officials to work with stakeholders and the state of Florida to explore less restrictive options, the GMP includes a marine reserve, eliminating fishing and severely restricting boating in over 10,000 acres of the park’s most popular and productive marine waters.
Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization contains major provisions benefitting recreational fishing
(Jun 6, 2015 - Washington, D.C.) A coalition of organizations representing the saltwater recreational fishing and boating community congratulated the U.S. House of Representatives on its passage of H.R. 1335, a bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the primary statute governing the nation’s marine fisheries.
(Jun 5, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is re-introducing its largemouth bass conservation license plate with a new graphic design. Artwork on the new plate depicting a jumping bass chasing a lure was created by well-known wildlife artist Clemente Guzman.
(Jun 5, 2015 - BUCHANAN, TN.) Now in its 31st year, the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American will visit Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Buchanan, Tennessee, June 18-20. The top 49 boaters and top 49 co-anglers from across the 24-division BFL circuit will cast for cash prizes of up to $120,000 in the Boater Division and $60,000 in the Co-angler Division, plus an opportunity to compete for the Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Ten Texas Middle School Students Win Statewide Contest to Write Catchiest New Slogans for Iconic Don’t mess with Texas® Trashcans
Don’t mess with Texas® Middle School Can Slogan Contest enlists students’ help to bring litter prevention message to a new generation
(Jun 5, 2015 - Austin, TX) More than 400 middle school students from across the state showed off their creative side by entering the Don’t mess with Texas® Middle School Can Slogan Contest. Organized by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Keep Texas Beautiful, middle school students were asked to write their own inventive slogan to be featured on a Don’t mess with Texas® trashcan.
"Take me fishing because I'm growing up too fast."
(Jun 5, 2015 - Austin, TX) Free Fishing in State Parks is designed to encourage more people to get out and enjoy the great sport of fishing. It has long been one of the most popular activities in the U.S., and it is our hope that everyone will want to share in the countless memories that can be created out on the water.
(Jun 5, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pros Tony Dumitras, Dale Hightower and Jeremy Starks informed FLW of their decisions to withdraw from the remaining two regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Pro Kevin Stewart will also miss the Chickamauga event for a family obligation but will return for the sixth and final regular-season tournament on the Potomac River. A tournament field of 148 boats will compete next week at the FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga presented by Igloo Coolers.
(Jun 5, 2015 - San Antonio, Texas) John Davis and Payton McGinnis, collegiate anglers from the University of Alabama, qualified for the 2015 Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge with a seventh-place finish in the recent 10th Anniversary BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's at Lake Pickwick.
(Jun 5, 2015 - COLUMBIA, S.C.) Sanger High School recently won the 2015 Berkley High School Fishing Club Challenge. The challenge saw over 1,300 active participants and 174 high schools across 27 states were represented. As the newly crowned champions, Sanger High School in Sanger, Texas will receive $4,000 in prizes for the entire club.
(Jun 1, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.) B.A.S.S. announced today, along with a large coalition of angler groups, the official launch of Bass Anglers for Saltwater Conservation (BASC), a new intuitive online advocacy system that allows fishing enthusiasts to write, call or tweet their legislators through prewritten engagements online.
Land Acquisition, Conservation Easement Result from Pollution Settlement
(May 30, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved a 690-acre land acquisition that increases the size of Mustang Island State Park near Corpus Christi to 4,783 acres. In addition, the commission agreed to accept a 100-acre conservation easement donation adjacent to the park.
(May 29, 2015 - Alexandria, VA) A report released on Monday, May 21,2015, by the California Coastal Conservation Association and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) demonstrates that banning traditional fishing tackle will have a negative impact on fishing participation, which generates millions of dollars for fisheries conservation in the state.
(May 29, 2015 - Jacksonville, TX) Folks, You did it again! The ignominious Water Grid Bill, known as Grid-Zilla, has died.
(May 28, 2015 - Little Rock, AR) As his hopes of becoming a major league baseball pitcher began to fade, Jerry McKinnis gave himself over to another passion: fishing. Baseball’s loss was fishing’s gain as McKinnis progressed from local television fishing show host to cable television pioneer to bass fishing icon.
Floods Damage More Than Half of Texas State Park System
(May 28, 2015 - Austin, TX) Torrential storms that have continued to hammer much of the state for more than a week now are leaving their mark on Texas’ State Park system. As of Wednesday, more than 50 state parks report some damage as a result of significant rainfall; about half those sites are currently either closed or partially closed to the public due to flooding.
New Dan A. Hughes Unit honors namesake’s role in key acquisition.
(May 21, 2015 - Austin, TX) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Thursday authorized the renaming of the Big Satan Unit of the Devils River State Natural Area. The new Dan A. Hughes Unit honors the role of its namesake in helping the state acquire this unique property. Hughes, father of TPW Commission chairman Dan A. Hughes Jr., is a well-known South Texas oil and gas businessman, outdoors enthusiast and conservationist.
(May 21, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Scott Sprencz of Phoenix, Arizona, correctly picked five of the top 10 anglers in last week’s Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Eufaula presented by Quaker State. For his picks, Sprencz won $5,000 by playing FLW Fantasy Fishing, held in conjunction with the FLW Tour fishing tournament.
(May 20, 2015 - Neches River, Jacksonville, TX) I have a few catch up items for you 1). I made a second trip to Devils River that was more exciting than the first. I am working on the write up to follow. 2). The Launch Event must be rescheduled for the Cherokee Neches Paddling Trail that was for May 30 – there is just too much water for it to be a safe paddle.
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