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Conservation

Trash Fish: Colorado Pikeminnow

The folks over at Meat Eater have started a new series called Trash Fish Tuesday, in which they discuss fish that we all usually regard as not good for sport fishing. The most recent edition focuses on the Colorado pikeminnow, a fish that has sparked some serious debates in the Colorado River basin over water and nonnative sportfish management. You can read...

Charles Charlesworth is 2021 Conservationist of the Year

Fly Fisherman Magazine announced this week that Charles Charlesworth has won the 2021 Conservationist of the Year award. Charlesworth won the award for his role in restoring the Lackawanna River in Pennsylvania to its former trout glory. The entire story is really interesting, and you can read it in full here.

Gravel Mine Near Colorado River Meets Opposition

Per Fly Lords's Will Poston, a proposed gravel mine that would be built adjacent to the Colorado River is meeting opposition from locals. The mine would be built near the confluence of the Eagle and Colorado Rivers, which presents obvious problems for the fishing and recreation in that area of Colorado. Read more about the proposed mine here.

Remote County Produces Record-Breaking Trout

Box Elder County, in northwest Utah, isn't a go-to location for record trout. Or at least, it never was until recently. A 14-inch Yellowstone cutthroat trout is now the catch-and-release record for the Beehive State, which is notable because Yellowstone cutthroat only occupy a handful of creeks in the extreme northwest corner of Utah. You can read more...

COVID Relief Bill Includes Conservation Money

As reported by the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Angling Trade, the massive new spending bill passed by Congress - which provides COVID relief and funds the government through September 2021 - includes money specifically for conservation activities. Whether these conservation activities are actually meaningful remains up for debate, but...

Hatch Magazine's 10 Most-Read Articles of 2020

Looking back on 2020 doesn't sound like much fun. But a glance at the top stories this year in Hatch Magazine will likely lift your spirits. From pandemic-inspired stories to opinions on tiger trout and dispersed camping, this list of articles should keep you occupied for a few hours.

Stop Oil Drilling in the Bahamas

Huey Lewis - yes, that Huey Lewis, of Huey Lewis and The News - just penned a spectacular op-ed for The Miami Herald in opposition of new exploratory drilling in the Bahamas. Lewis is an avid bone fisher, having frequented the Bahamas for over 30 years. In addition to Lewis' op-ed, there's a Change.org petition with over 75,000 signatures as of this...

2021 Winter Steelhead Rules Finalized

Anyone following the developments around Washington state's 2021 steelhead plans likely had something to say about them. The Wild Steelhead Coalition certainly did. The Washington Department of Fish and Game released their final set of rules for 2021 winter steelhead fishing. You can see those rules, as well as the Coalition's take on them, here.

Bad Management Threatens Steelhead

Generally, I err on the side of caution when it comes to criticizing fisheries managers. Maybe that's because I have friends who are biologists, or because I know enough managers on the local level who do an admirable job. But as Dylan Tomine points out in his latest for Hatch Magazine, fisheries management shouldn't always be taken at face value. Per the...

Scientists Link Salmon Deaths to Tires

Yeah, that's a headline that's fitting for 2020, but it's sadly very accurate. Per the Los Angeles Times, a new study published in the journal "Science" details how certain chemicals in microplastics - used in making tires - wash off roadways during rainstorms and cause sudden death to the coho salmon living in streams that received the tainted rainwater...