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2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Ad Crable As trucks thundered across the Route 30 bridge above them, three men in chest waders quietly slipped into the Susquehanna and began jabbing the shoreline water with stunning bolts of electric current. Momentarily dazed, fingerling fish bubbled up and were quickly netted, measured and scrutinized before being released. Mike Kaufmann, the chief fisheries biologist in the southeastern area office of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, has been doing these summertime...

2008-07-28 00:00:25

By mike cyze Recently while giving a seminar on summertime bass fishing techniques to a group of anglers, I was asked about using spinnerbaits during the summer months. The angler asking the question said that although he has tried them, he was still not sure of how to determine just which spinnerbait to use when faced with different situations that he was encountering while searching for bass. Choosing a spinnerbait to match the conditions you are faced with out on the water is not as...

2008-07-24 09:00:00

By Delthia Ricks, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jul. 24--Mercury levels in several varieties of Hudson River fish have declined significantly over the past three decades, Stony Brook researchers have found in an analysis that points to dramatically decreasing concentrations of industrial pollution. Heavy-metal contaminants -- particularly mercury -- mounted up in the Hudson throughout most of the 20th century because of increasing dependence on the river for industry and commerce. Now, after...

2008-07-23 06:00:00

By Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune, Minneapolis Jul. 23--Lake fishing across much of Minnesota can become more challenging in midsummer. Walleyes sulk, frequently suspending themselves out of easy reach of many anglers. Bass fishing remains a good option on many lakes. But perhaps the most fun that can be had these latter days of July is on rivers, fishing for warm-water species such as smallmouth bass and walleyes. Minnesota is blessed with many rivers to choose from. Obvious choices...

2008-07-13 09:00:00

By Mark Taylor, The Roanoke Times, Va. Jul. 13--LOW MOOR -- Just moments after it began a wriggling return to the fishing rod that flung it, the tiny crankbait came to an abrupt stop -- in the mouth of a smallmouth bass. When this happens on the first cast of the day it can mean good things are ahead. And here on the lower Jackson River this kind of quick action doesn't come as a surprise. Fisheries biologist Paul Bugas has studied this section of stream for about 10 years, and has...

2008-07-13 06:00:15

By Michael Pearce, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 13--Ranging from desolate stock ponds to sculpted sand pits winding between seven-figure homes, Kansas' 100,000-plus private waters offer some good fishing. But they could be giving us much more. "I doubt we get 25 percent of the potential out of our ponds," said Leonard Jirak, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist. "They can be managed and improved like anything else." Though he manages some huge reservoirs,...

2008-07-12 21:00:12

By John Nolan, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 12--Justin Zurbuchen has a pretty good feel for finding fish on nearby Lake Mendota. The 17-year-old from Waunakee recently pulled in an 18-inch largemouth bass and routinely hauls in crappies and bluegills. The diverse fishery, located just a few miles from his home, covers 9,842 square acres and features just about everything an angler could want -- bluegill, large and smallmouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike and walleye, among...

2008-07-11 09:00:32

By Chester Allen, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 11--The mission: Find, and, if possible, catch some of the smallmouth bass that have appeared in Summit Lake during the past few years. A lot of anglers good anglers keep telling me that smallmouth bass populations are booming at Summit Lake. Bassoholics think this is great, while trout and kokanee anglers think it might be a disaster. Why? Well, bass love to eat small trout and salmon. And bass eat a lot. Now, I'm an OK...

2008-07-05 18:00:11

By Chester Allen, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash. Jul. 5--It already was 65 degrees when I rolled out of bed just after dawn. The sun was barely peeking over the Columbia River rimrock, but most of the river in the John Day Pool still was in shadow. A heat wave was baking Eastern Washington, and I figured the smallmouth bass -- so abundant in the Columbia River -- would bite best early in the day. I rigged a fly rod with a floating popper fly -- and toted along a spinning rod as well. My...

2008-07-04 18:00:00

By Scott Richardson, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 4--Fishing guide Paul Center of Angling Adventures had some special clients recently, his wife and daughter, when the family from Normal headed north to Snowbank Lake at the entrance to Boundary Waters, Minn. They've been going for 17 years. "Most people come there as a jumping-off point to go into the Boundary Waters. It's the last lake you can have a motor on right on the Canadian border," he said. They spent most of their...


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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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  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
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