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2009-09-14 15:46:34

Intersex in smallmouth and largemouth basses is widespread in numerous river basins throughout the United States is the major finding of the most comprehensive and large-scale evaluation of the condition, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research published online in Aquatic Toxicology. Of the 16 fish species researchers examined from 1995 to 2004, the condition was most common by far in smallmouth and largemouth bass: a third of all male smallmouth bass and a fifth of all male...

2008-10-10 18:00:17

The following are the Mid-South lakes and streams where fishing is best this week: Tennessee Pickwick Lake: Guide Clagett Talley (731-607-5266) says bass fishing has been excellent around points and flats with jerk baits and midsize topwater baits like the Strike King Spit-n-King. He's also been catching lots of good bass around sparse patches of grass, using shaky-head jigs with a Strike King Rage Tail plastic crawfish in blue. The Spit-n-King is producing lots of striped bass just...

2008-10-09 21:00:24

By Scott Richardson Bob Taylor of Minonk was hooked on bass fishing until he caught three muskies by accident at Evergreen Lake in northwestern McLean County. The trio of vicious strikes sent his heart racing to his throat and ripped up his fishing gear. "Bass lures don't stand a chance. Muskie lures don't stand a chance," laughed Taylor, 42, who guides for muskies on Evergreen, Spring Lake and McMaster Lake. "I couldn't get that thrill out of bass fishing. I don't know what it is about...

2008-08-26 00:00:22

By Mike Jackson Daily Herald Outdoors Writer I presume many anglers are ready for spring fishing action. The experts tell us the magic water temperature for walleyes to do their spring spawning dance is between 42 and 48 degrees. There are exceptions to the rule, though, with a few rivers turning on a bit sooner. The larger female walleyes move into holes or deeper depressions in slower current areas and hold there while signaling their intentions to males that they are almost ready...

2008-08-10 15:00:21

By PAUL A. SMITH Williams Bay -- It's the first Thursday in August and Geneva Lake has the appearance of a watery Mardi Gras parade. Under a warm, late afternoon sun, a chaotic stream of jet-skis, tubers, water-skiers and go-fast boats churns up the water. There's music, there's laughter, there's skin. The mix also contains sailboats, pontoon boats, the odd kayak and a couple dozen fishing craft. Solitude it isn't. But we're all here voluntarily, all with a purpose. "It gets crazy,...

2008-08-08 21:00:15

By Scott Richardson SHABBONA - There's nothing shabby about fishing at Shabbona Lake. The 318-acre lake - the only public reservoir built in Illinois specifically for fishing - is hot for several kinds of fish. "We're having another great year," said Denny Sands, a former sheriff's deputy who co-owns Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental at the lake located about 80 miles north of Bloomington- Normal off Interstate 39. Sands said bass fishing has never been better. "The...

2008-08-03 06:00:14

By Joe Gorden, Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. Aug. 3--A fisheries survey completed this summer on the Highland Sewer and Water Authority's 360-acre Beaverdam Run Reservoir near Beaverdale shows that efforts of local sportsmen and others to improve the lake's fishery are bearing fruit. Results of the survey, posted on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Web site, are an almost glowing report. "It's glowing, but to put it in perspective, only in comparison to surveys done...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Bob Frye, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--You needn't be a bushwhacking pioneer to drive from Pittsburgh to Washington. A well-established network of roads and highways will get you there. Likewise, if you want to hike from Laurel Summit State Park to the overlook at Wolf Rocks, there's a blazed trail to follow. But what if you want to float from, say, Apollo to Blairsville? It turns out there's a trail for that, too. The Kiski-Conemaugh River Water Trail -- which...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Christian Berg, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. Aug. 1--Today marks the debut of a new format for the fishing report, which is now a two-part feature available both in the paper and on The Morning Call's Web site. Each week, I'll give Lehigh Valley fishermen a summary of the region's best bets in print, along with timely news and notes about the angling scene. The popular local fishing summaries from our freshwater and saltwater tackle shop reporters will continue to be available...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By Mark Taylor, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 31--A common "what if?" in fishing concerns the size of fish caught in the summer. The reason is that females are often significantly lighter after the spawning season than before the spawning season in early spring. You can't look at the picture of Harry Townsend (right) with the huge smallmouth bass he caught on July 22 at Smith Mountain Lake and not think about the possibilities. Townsend's fish weighed 6.2 pounds and was just over 25...


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2007-03-16 19:13:45

The Redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus), also known as the Shellcracker, Georgia bream, Cherry gill, Chinquapin, Improved bream, and Sun perch, is native to the southeastern United States, but since it is a popular sport fish it has been introduced to bodies of water all over North America. It generally resembles the bluegill except for coloration. It is dark-colored dorsally and yellow-green ventrally. The male has a cherry-red edge on its operculum; females have orange coloration in this...

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2007-03-16 19:11:23

The Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) is a species of freshwater fish. It is a member of the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. It is native to a wide area of North America, from Québec to northern Mexico, and has been widely transplanted to stock game fish for anglers. It is commonly fished in Minnesota, but it is the state fish of the U.S. state of Illinois. Of typical sunfish body shape, the Bluegill's most notable feature is the blue or black "ear", actually an...

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2007-03-16 19:08:15

The Orangespotted sunfish (Lepomis humilis) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. The Orangespotted sunfish reaches a maximum recorded length of about 5.91 in (15 cm). The species prefers vegetated areas in sluggish backwaters, lakes, and ponds, and can also be found in turbid rivers. Its diet can include insects, zooplankton, and other small invertebrates. These fish have an overall brown color, with orange spots on the...

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2007-03-16 18:59:10

The Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus) is a species of freshwater fish. It is a member of the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. It is native to a wide area of the United States, from Minnesota to western Pennsylvania in the north and from the Rio Grande in New Mexico east to the Atlantic in the south, inhabiting the heavily vegetated, muddy-bottomed habitats typical of the sunfishes. The warmouth's specific epithet, gulosus, derives from the Latin gulōsus (gluttonous)....

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2007-03-16 18:58:08

The Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) is a species of freshwater fish. It is a member of the sunfish family (family Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. It is native to northeastern North America, from New Brunswick to South Carolina, but has been introduced elsewhere in North America as well as throughout much of Europe. These fish reach a maximum overall length of about 16 in (40 cm), although sizes of 6"“8 in (15"“20 cm) are more typical. They normally weigh less than 1 lb (450 g),...

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