The Spokesman-review: State Offers Fishing License Upgrade Deal

Cutthroat trout caught by an angler fly fishing on the Yakima River. (Rich Landers)

(Rich Landers) FISHING The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity before July 20 to upgrade to a combination license for under$27. The upgrade will give those anglers all the fishing privileges of a combination license at the cost they would have paid if they had purchased one in the first place, said Bill Joplin, WDFW licensingmanager. Freshwater fishing license holders can purchase an upgrade to a combination license for $26.75 and current saltwater fishing license holders can upgrade to a combination license for$26.20. By purchasing theupgrade: Current freshwater license holders will gain access to saltwater fish, shellfish andseaweed. Current saltwater license holderswill gain access to fishing in lakes and rivers as summer draws near, as well as opportunities for shellfish andseaweed. Here are a few of the exciting fishing opportunities the WDFW is spotlightingthisyear: Salmon 2014 is shaping up as the year for salmon, with a forecasted return of more than 1.6 million Columbia River chinook salmon returning this fall which would be the largest since record keeping began in 1938. The ocean abundance of Columbia River coho salmon is also forecast to be about 964,000 fish three times as many fish as last year’s actual abundance. And, summer and fall chinook salmon returns to Puget Sound are expected to total nearly 283,000fish. Razor Clams Razor clam digs are listed through June 1, 2014. Visit website http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/may/30/state-offers-fishing-license-upgrade-deal/

EBT Card Restrictions and Saltwater Fishing License Hike Await Gov. Jindal’s Signature | WGNO

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Governor Scott said, Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and fishing is an economic engine for our state, providing jobs from Pensacola to the Keys. These designated license-free fishing days are a great opportunity for Floridians to celebrate summer with their families and loved ones, enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors, cast a line and get hooked on fishing. We hope visitors and residents alike will be able to join in the excitement of Floridas saltwater and freshwater fishing this year by participating in one of our license-free fishing days, said FWC Chairman Richard Corbett. This is an excellent opportunity to share the fun and togetherness of a fishing trip with the entire family or to introduce someone to a lifelong hobby of fishing. These four license-free fishing days fall near National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing and boating, which started June 1 and runs through June 8. The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundations http://www.TakeMeFishing.org website is a place to learn about events sponsored by businesses and communities during National Fishing and Boating Week, as well as locating fishing sites, identifying recreational species and finding fishing tips. In conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week and FWCs license-free event is the first-ever KeepAmericaFishing Day on June 7. Original post http://www.srpressgazette.com/outdoors/gov-scott-and-fwc-announce-saltwater-and-freshwater-license-free-fishing-days-1.328674

Fish for free without a license this weekend – vagazette.com

Jindals signature is a bill that would limit where welfare recipients can use federal money. Under the new law people with Louisiana Purchase Cards (Louisiana EBT) would no longer be allowed to use those funds at lingerie shops, nail salons, tattoo parlors and any business with an age restriction of 18 or older. HB 1176 tightens guidelines on state legislation passed in 2013, which banned the use of EBT cards for alcohol, cigarettes and lottery tickets. Another bill, on the governors desk will raise the cost of a saltwater fishing license from $5.50 to $13. The funds from the rate hike are earmarked for research and conservation of saltwater fisheries. Find out more http://wgno.com/2014/06/03/ebt-card-restrictions-and-saltwater-fishing-license-hike-await-gov-jindals-signature/

Gov. Scott and FWC Announce Saltwater and Freshwater License-Free Fishing Days – Outdoors – Santa Rosa Press Gazette

All fishing regulations including size, season, catch limits, and gear restrictions will remain in effect. We have some of the best rivers, lakes and streams for fishing in the country and we would love it if the non-fishing public would give it a try. Its fun and rewarding, said Bob Duncan, executive director of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which manages freshwater fishing. The Marine Resources Commissions website at mrc.virginia.gov has information on Virginias recreational fishing size, season and creel limits. Freshwater catch regulations can be found at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website, http://www.HuntFishVA.com . Regulations can also be viewed on a cell phone or other mobile device by downloading the departments free Hunting and Fishing App at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/app/ . Game & Inland Fisheries recognizes trophy freshwater catches through the Virginia Angler Recognition Program. For more information http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-fish-for-free-this-weekend-20140602,0,7217027.story

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