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Missouri Waives Fishing Permits (Starting March 27)

In what continues to be a curious time not only in American history but throughout the world, individual states are reacting differently to the COVID-19 outbreak. While many states have suspended amenities at parks, forests, and recreation areas, residents are still permitted to fish at a safe “social distance.” One state that continues to encourage …

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Missouri Anglers Catches His Fifth State Record

When we looked at the list of state record fish caught in 2019, the name Bryant Rackers stood out. While his fish were far from the biggest, what stood out was the sheer number of records he established and how quickly they were achieved. Within a one-month span, Rackers managed to land three Missouri state …

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West Virginia Trout “Gold Rush” Delayed

A popular trout stocking event in the Mountain State is being postponed as a result of COVID-19 precautions. West Virginia’s trout stocking “Gold Rush” — a week-long initiative that was to see roughly 50,000 golden rainbow trout relocated across more than a dozen fisheries — was one of early Spring’s most highly anticipated events for …

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Pennsylvania Closes State Parks; Fishing Permitted

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced on Monday evening, March 16th, that all Pennsylvania state parks and associated facilities would be closing for fourteen day. In an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Pennsylvania has joined a growing trend at the state-level that has included suspending primary, secondary …

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There’s a New Maryland State Record Longnose Gar

When angler Samson Matthews hit the water on Monday, March 2nd, he and his friend we searching for blue catfish. The duo were fishing Marshyhope Creek, a tributary of the Nanticoke River in eastern Maryland. The creek runs between Kent County in Delaware and both Caroline and Dorchester Counties in Maryland. When the 22-year-old Matthews …

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