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Sunday, September 15, 2013
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is tweaking its steelhead trout stocking program on the Jackson River and at Lake Moomaw.
Since 2009 the DGIF has been stocking streams feeding Lake Moomaw with fingerling steelhead.
The hope was that those fish would travel downstream to Lake Moomaw, grow to adulthood, then return upstream to spawn as adults.
That kind of approach has led to the establishment of successful and popular steelhead fisheries on streams feeding some great lakes.
DGIF fisheries biologist Steve Reeser said a fishery of returning adult steelhead has yet to emerge on the Jackson River, in large part because survival rates of the stocked steelhead are thought to have been low.
One change to the program will be stocking steelhead that are larger than in years past.
Previous stockings were of fish that were about 5 inches long. Reeser said steelhead to be stocked this fall will be about 7 inches long. The hope is that those fish will be better able to survive.
Also, while previous fingerlings have been tagged with special electronic chips to allow biologists to identify the fish, stocked fingerlings will be marked with a clipped adipose fin going forward.
-- Mark Taylor
Fishing tourney director charged with theft
JASPER, Texas -- The director of an East Texas bass fishing tournament has been charged with theft after cash prizes allegedly were not paid.
Jasper County jail records show 44-year-old Michael Shane McCloud was being held without bond on a charge of theft of property.Jail records don't list an attorney for McCloud, whose arrest was announced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
A Jasper County grand jury indicted McCloud in the theft investigation related to the 2012 Big Bass Mania tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn.
Game wardens in Texas arrested McCloud with assistance from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers. Investigators say McCloud formerly was from the Bryan-College Station area but also lived in Florida. No hometown for him was immediately provided by law officers.
-- Associated Press
Bear studied by Minnesota DNR dies at lofty age of 39
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A black bear that state officials studied in the wild for an unprecedented 32 years has died at the age of 39.
A St. Cloud Times report says the bear was known as Bear No. 56. She lived far longer than most wild black bears; only a handful reach the age of 30.
Karen Noyce was a rookie biologist with the state Department of Natural Resources when she helped capture and collar Bear No. 56 in 1981. She believes the bear lived so long because she lived in a forested area with few people, and she tended to avoid humans.
Noyce says the bear and her offspring provided researchers with an almost uninterrupted record of reproduction, survival, movement and aging.
-- Associated Press
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