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Old 11-17-2011, 01:27 PM
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Default Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

It,s rather odd that here where I live in northwestern england there is a closed season for brown trout on rivers and also for salmon and sea trout, yet not for rainbows as they,re considered an "alien" species, but the dates vary quite a bit from area to area and country to country. I haven,t lived over therein the states for a very long time and just wondered that if apart from perhaps salmon and steelhead if there is a closed season for any other species. I seem to recall that many years ago the department of game and fisheries carried out research to see if closed seasons benefited fish in any way and the findings found that closed seasons made little difference and I should imagine that,s why most states now allow fishing 365 days a year. When I ask anglers here why they have a closed season you,ll be amazed at the answers i get, but really it comes down to "tradition"-that,s the way it,s been since the year dot and that,s the way it,ll stay till someone wakes up and realises it,s more to benefit the fisherMen than the Fish!
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Trout season closes here mostly to increase license sales... really

Studies show that when there's an opening day people have a "holiday" to look forward to when they can get together with family and friends.
The most casual of fishermen may only fish once or twice a year and if it weren't for the opening day festivities, might never buy a license.
Supposedly it makes a big difference in fisheries funding.
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Default Re: Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

We have closed seasons on grouper, snapper, and seatrout. Some depend on whether you're on the Gulf or Atlantic side. Snook, too.
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Default Re: Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

Minnesota's trout season closes from September 30th and re-opens on January 1st for C&R. The legislature is supposed to be taking a look at changing these regs to allow for a C&R season for the season that is currently closed.

Walleyes, Largemouth, smallmouth, musky and northern seasons also close during the spring in Minnesota.
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VT and NY both have a variety of closed seasons or special regulation waters.
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Default Re: Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

Missouri closes their stream smallmouth bass fisheries to harvest from February until the end of May, to help protect nesting fish
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Default Re: Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

California has some waters that are closed from November 16 until the last Friday in April.

There are some waters that have limited seasons determined by the powers that be.

There are some waters that stay open year round.

There are some waters that stay open year round with special regs.

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Old 11-17-2011, 07:18 PM
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Default Re: Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

Right now in Oregon, Trout fishing is closed on the west side of the state. Tuna, Halibut seasons are closed. Lost of closures, depending on the species and time of year.
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Right now in Oregon, Trout fishing is closed on the west side of the state. Tuna, Halibut seasons are closed. Lost of closures, depending on the species and time of year.

Yeah - we have a 6-7 month window with *no* stream trout fishing on most rivers west of the Cascade Range summit. From Eugene southward, most streams open up the last Saturday in April. North of Eugene, most rivers open the last Saturday in May - and all of it shuts down on Halloween, save for an odd handful of rivers like the McKenzie and Row Rivers which remain open, at least in part, to trout fishing year round.

The lower part of the Deschutes River is open year round, but the upper reaches (where you'd find Browns) are closed November 1 until late April.

I think tradition has a lot more impact in this than science - I'd understand a small window of a closed season to protect spawning native trout - but trout don't take 6 months to spawn. They also claim that they moved the opener from late April to late May to allow for the outmigration of salmon and steelhead smolts from their natal streams to the ocean.

Since other western states don't close their general season down, I'd rather see a much smaller closed season, or the fishing left open on a C&R (rivers are already C&R unless there's hatchery plants, which is almost non-existent) year-round.

Lakes are open year round, unless special regs close them early.

Sturgeon fisheries are special fisheries, and can close early, open late, or get extended. Sometimes after they close, they will reopen a season on short/no notice.

We've also closed off most of the small tributary streams west of the Cascades to all fishing, year round, on the idea that it protects salmon and steelhead spawning grounds and protects the smolts. That also seems a bit over-kill, since most of those small streams have much higher populations of cutthroat trout than salmon smolt, and streams are already restricted by statewide general regulations to C&R only status.

And the season for non-native fishes are open only when a salmon/trout/steelhead season is open, except for a few rivers, which also doesn't make much sense. There's a river with a much higher population of smallmouth and largemouth bass, yellow perch, panfish, carp, and catfish than native trout or salmon - yet it only has an open window of fishing of 5 months, and most of the river is artificial fly & lure only, and you can't use soft plastic lures for the bass because the state of Oregon has deemed plastics to be "bait" and thus verboten on most streams.
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Default Re: Do any states still have a closed season for some species?

Wisconsin closed September 30th. C&R opens in March/April then general season in May.

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