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Conservation

Video Hatch: “Dams Out”

Matilija Dam located on the Ventura River watershed is listed as one of the Top 5 California dams to remove in the latest report from California Trout. Removing this dam will reconnect access to critical spawning and rearing habitat for the endangered Southern California steelhead.

American Saltwater Guides Association Launches with Mission to Promote Sustainable Business Through Marine Conservation

A group of saltwater fishing guides and recreational fishing business owners has announced the creation and launch of the American Saltwater Guides Association. The ASGA will be “dedicated to activating and empowering the conservation-minded recreational fishing community to protect marine resources for the benefit of anglers.”

How Herbicides Can Save Fish and Wildlife

In this recent article, Ted Williams details how herbicides can play an important part in conservation work to restore habitat for fish and wildlife. “For a large element of the public 'herbicides' remains a scary word,” writes Williams. “But everyone who loves nature needs to learn about them and support their proper use by wildland managers. One...

Guiding for the Future (G4F) Launches April 1st in Montana

Guiding for the Future is a new program designed to provide advanced levels of knowledge and skill development for professional fishing outfitters and guides in Montana. The deadline for applications is March 25, with the online potation of the course beginning April 1, 2019.

Fish Recovery Project in Pend Oreille Watershed

A recovery project spanning hundreds of mile of creeks, rivers and lakes in the Pend Oreille River watershed is proving a huge success for populations of westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. “When it’s finished, the project will rank among the largest native-fish recovery efforts in the country,” writes Fred Willenbrock. “The work includes...

Take Action: Comments Needed to Stop Pebble Mine

The Pebble Mine has once again made a step forward, in part due to a report from the Corps of Engineers that does not sufficiently address the impact of the proposed mine on the region. A short 90-day comment period is now open. Please add your voice and submit your comments and concerns to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers here.

Fisheries Fund Grantee: Save Montana’s Smith

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced the award of a Fisheries Fund Grant to Montana Trout Unlimited for their Save Montana’s Smith River awareness and education efforts. Read more in the press release below. Fisheries Fund Grantee: Save Montana’s Smith Montana’s Smith River is one of the most iconic and breathtaking waterways in...

Effects of Catch and Release on Idaho Steelhead

The University of Idaho and Idaho Department of Fish and Game are teaming up on a study to examine how wild steelhead are affected by catch and release fishing. With the help of anglers, the project goal is to “more accurately measure how many wild steelhead are caught and released during the long fishing season that targets hatchery steelhead and how...

Yellowstone’s Native Cutthroat Trout

After being nearly wiped out by the mid-2000s, Yellowstone cutthroat trout have made an impressive comeback to their native waters through the conservation efforts of the National Park Service and non-profit groups and volunteers. A forthcoming book by Chris Hunt details both the history of this native fish as well as how and where to catch them. Read more...

Moving the Needle on Catch and Release

Anglers have the power to promote conservation and ethical handling of fish through the photos they take and post online. “As a community, anglers can 'move the needle on what #catchandrelease looks like and improve the outcomes for every fish they encounter.” Read more in this article via Venturing Angler.