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Post #770 by Rajesh Kumar on August 2nd 2016, 1:29 PM (in topic “Washington to consider creating two new fishing license types”)
Washington to consider creating two new fishing license types
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider on Friday creating two new sport-fishing licenses. The proposed Fish Washington license is intended to simplify recreational fishing licenses and endorsements by allowing resident anglers to purchase an all-inclusive annual combination license with all the endorsements at a discounted price, The Fish Washington license would include freshwater and saltwater fishing plus the two-pole, Columbia River salmon/steelhead and Puget Sound crab endorsements. Buying the items separately would cost $87.65, while the proposed Fish Washington license would cost $79.62. The other license would be a combination fishing (freshwater, saltwater, shellfish) for Washington residents age 70 and older. It would cost $19.05. The nine-member commission will meet Friday and Saturday in room No. 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. The sessions begin at 8 a.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Also on the agenda are new catch limits for trout in Lake Roosevelt and a review of draft budget and policy proposals for the 2017 legislative session. An agenda for the meeting is available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/commission.
Post #769 by Rajesh Kumar on August 2nd 2016, 1:27 PM (in topic “Northern Puget Sound remains open for salmon fishing, but expected to close soon”)
Northern Puget Sound remains open for salmon fishing, but expected to close soon
The northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9) hatchery chinook fishery will remain open, and state Fish and Wildlife will likely make a decision by Tuesday.
“We didn’t take any action (Monday, Aug. 1), and are at 91 percent of the catch quota for Area 9,” said Ran Lothrop, the head state Fish and Wildlife recreational salmon manager. “We should be able to fish for several more days (but) the question is which day will we close down?”
“We just don’t know yet, and we reevaluate it (Tuesday), and a get a firm estimate of the day of the season,” Lothrop said. “So just like we said before, we are taking it day-by-day.”
Through Sunday, salmon anglers in Area 9 have caught 2,791 hatchery chinook in a 3,056 sport quota. In central Puget Sound (10), 439 of the 1,395 quota have been caught.
Post #768 by Rajesh Kumar on August 2nd 2016, 1:22 PM (in topic “Sections of Big Hole, entire Jefferson fully closed to fishing”)
Sections of Big Hole, entire Jefferson fully closed to fishing
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed two sections of the Big Hole River and the entire Jefferson River to fishing.
FWP’s regional fisheries manager Travis Horton said low flows forced the closures and that they are likely to stay in place for a while.
“Unless we get some significant rain, it won’t change,” Horton said.
Both rivers have drought management plans that tell irrigators when to stop pulling out water and set guidelines for when partial and full fishing closures go into place. In both cases, flows dipped below a threshold set for when the stream or sections of a stream will be closed.
The sections of the Big Hole now closed to fishing are its very upper section and lowermost section:
- From Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the confluence with the North Fork Big Hole River.
- From Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the confluence with the Beaverhead River.
In the lower section, the flows have dipped below 89 cubic feet per second. The the uppermost section has seen flows below 20 cubic feet per second.
A population of native arctic grayling live in the upper section, and Horton said the current river conditions could result in poor recruitment of young fish.
“It’s certainly not good for any fish when we’re getting this low,” Horton said.
Fish can become stressed and die in warm, low water. FWP instates these restrictions as a way to prevent fish kills.
The Jefferson River’s flow dipped below 280 cubic feet per second, leading to the full closure.
The agency also announced more hoot owl restrictions, which ban fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight every day. The nighttime fishing closures will go into effect on Tuesday on the following river sections:
- The Big Hole from the North Fork Big Hole to Dickie Bridge.
- The Beaverhead River from Anderson Lane to the confluence with the Big Hole.
- The Yellowstone River from Carter’s Bridge Fishing Access Site to the confluence with the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone east of Laurel.
Previous hoot owl restrictions remain in effect on other streams.
Post #767 by Rajesh Kumar on August 2nd 2016, 1:19 PM (in topic “Broome County gives $10k to Veterans Fly Fishing program”)
Broome County gives $10k to Veterans Fly Fishing program
Broome County is giving money to an organization that teaches veterans how to fly fish.
County Executive Preston announced $10,000 in funding for the Veterans Fly Fishing program.
Local veterans can learn how to fly fish and take part in outings around the Southern Tier.
The donation will pay for travel expenses.
Veterans Fly Fishing Vice-President Gary Romanic says the organization prides itself on helping seniors heal from their past.
"Some of us came home, some of us didn't come home whole and others didn't come at all from a war there, to a peace that we had to adjust to here. Fly Fishing was a part of that adjustment," he said.
This version of fishing utilizes a "fly," an artificial type of baiting system, that typically resembles live bait, animal fragments and other designs.
The line is weighted and is cast differently from traditional spin rods.
Post #765 by Rajesh Kumar on July 29th 2016, 4:28 PM (in topic “Ex-girlfriend alerted officials in Father's Day fishing derby fraud case”)
Ex-girlfriend alerted officials in Father's Day fishing derby fraud case
Craig Provost, of Plattsburgh, holds up a huge walleye that earned him more than $13,000 in the 2015 LCI Father's Day Derby on Lake Champlain. Vermont police have since filed a felony fraud charge against Provost, alleging that one his buddies actually caught the fish and that he claimed it as his own to collect the prize money. (Courtesy of Lake Champlain International)
Colchester, Vt. – A Plattsburgh man charged with fraud for allegedly lying about a trophy fish that earned him more than $13,000 in prize money in the 2015 Lake Champlain International Father's Day Fishing Derby pleaded not guilty this morning in Vermont Superior Court.
A police affidavit filed this morning in court, however, indicates the angler "fessed up," when interviewed, according to Colchester Police Sgt. Michael Fish who wrote the report.
The angler, Craig Provost, 44, is charged with passed off another fisherman's tournament record-setting walleye as his own to collect the money in the fishing contest, which hands out $150,000 in prize money and features 5,000-plus anglers each year. Among the revelations today in court – Provost's ex-girlfriend was the one who initially tipped off derby officials to problems with Provost's story.
Provost turned in a 10.26 pound walleye, which derby officials at the time said was a new derby record for that species of fish. He collected $13,508.37 in prize money, earning $3,000 more due to the fact he had paid extra fees to enter the "super bonus pool" for increased prize money. However, rumblings in the local fishing community during the past year and a call from Lake Champlain International culminated in an investigation by Colchester, Vt. Police.
Police filed the felony fraud charge against Provost last month just before this year's derby, alleging he had lied about the catch. He was arraigned today.
Provost faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine not to exceed 2,000. The prosecutor is Thomas Donovan. The defense attorney is Stacie Johnson.
In Fish's affidavit, Lake Champlain International James Ehler said the initial information about the situation came from Teri Wood, Provost's ex-girlfriend.
The two other anglers in Provost's boat, according to an affidavit submitted by Fish, were James Braid, of Keeseville, N.Y. and Kyle LaPorte, of Chazy, N.Y.
The police investigator said when Braid was contacted he admitted catching the fish and that he had just entered the derby, but had not purchased the add-ons (cash extras). "James said that Craig saw the size of the fish and immediately said that he should register the fish as he had the add-ons with his entry form," Fish wrote. "James said that he wanted to register the fish himself, but that Craig pressured he and Kyle LaPorte into going along with it. "
"James said that he signed off on the form as a witness to the catch. James said he and Kyle got about $3,500 each and that Craig kept the rest of the money."
Speaking to Kyle LaPorte, Fish wrote that he got the same story – specifically that Braid was the one who caught the fish and that Provost pressured his fishing mates into go along with the fabrication.
Fish said that he spoke to Provost on June 16 and that he admitted that Braid did indeed catch the walleye and that he registered it as one he caught.
"He said that he did it as he was the one with the add-on for the cash extras," Fish wrote. " He said everyone got money from the fish. He said it was divided pretty equally. He said he kept $3,600 and paid $2,700 in taxes on the money."
Fish said today no charges have been filed against Braid and LePorte. All three were banned from fishing in this year's derby.
Provost is due back in court Aug. 24.
Post #764 by Rajesh Kumar on July 29th 2016, 4:26 PM (in topic “Organizers finally land licence for Lac La Biche fishing derby”)
Organizers finally land licence for Lac La Biche fishing derby
Just one day before the Lac La Biche Powwow days is due to begin, organizers landed the licence they need to stage the long-standing fishing derby that's a key part of the festival.
For the first time in more than 50 years the derby, an event people from across the province attend, was in danger of being cancelled.
Organizers said they had got into trouble after advertising the event without having the required permits in place.
But things were smoothed over once Alberta Environment and Parks agreed to speed up a new application for the event at the last minute.
"I feel better today," said Lac La Biche Mayor Omer Moghrabi, who had been worried about the economic impact on local businesses such as restaurants.
Moghrabi said he was pleased the government worked hard to find a solution to the issue, but he worries the uncertainty surrounding the derby could still affect the turnout.
"I think we probably we'll lose a number of people who are not going to come because a lot of the public would not know," Moghrabi said.
Alberta Environment and Parks said the ministry understands the fishing derby is important to the local community.
But regional director Terry Zitnak said the organizers of the event were being investigated for other issues related to holding the event at the time they applied for a licence in June.
The Solicitor General's department said one of the issues was advertising the derby before a license was issued, which contravenes regulations.
However derby president Martin Desjarlais said the move was heavy handed.
"That's not enough reason, I don't think, to shut down something like that," he said.
"It's something that is very important to this community. A lot of people come for the fish derby and if we don't make it happen that's a lot of money for the town."
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