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New state record for freshwater drum, weighing in at more than 28 pounds.

New state record for freshwater drum, weighing in at more than 28 pounds.

The Department of Natural Resources confirmed a new state record last month for freshwater drum. This record marks the first one caught in 2015.

A fish caught by Mark Leep of Middleville, Michigan, on Gun Lake in Barry County Saturday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 p.m. beat the state record for freshwater drum. Leep was spearing. The fish weighed 28.61 pounds and measured 34.02 inches.

Kregg Smith, a DNR fisheries biologist in Plainwell, verified the record.

James Black caught the previous state-record freshwater drum, weighing 26 pounds and measuring 37.5 inches, on Muskegon Lake May 28, 1973.
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2015 Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey

Posted March 31, 2015 By NewsEngine

DOVER – The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR) is seeking volunteers to assist with DNREC’s annual bay-wide horseshoe crab spawning survey in May and June on the Ted Harvey Wildlife Area, Kitts Hummock and North Bowers beaches.

For those who are interested in assisting with this year’s survey, DNERR staff will host two volunteer training sessions at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. New volunteers are required to attend the training and past participants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the two sessions:

· 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 11
· 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16
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Remove Bobhouses from Ice by April 1

Posted March 31, 2015 By NewsEngine

CONCORD, N.H. — Attention ice anglers: The ice might still be quite nice in many places, but according to state law, all bobhouses (AKA ice shanties), must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1.

Once you’ve moved your bobhouse to the shoreline, take care to move the structure to your own property. Do not leave bobhouses on public or private property without permission – that’s also a violation of state law.

The law is designed to ensure that bobhouses and their contents do not fall through the ice and become a hazard to boaters, or get left behind on shore, explained Lt. Heidi Murphy of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Law Enforcement Division.
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