2. Jack Baker steps aside as MWC tourney director.
> Jack was a professional in the golf industry for years and as it happened the golf facility in Bemidji MN found itself in need of just such a professional and reached out to Jack with a once in a lifetime opportunity.
More proof you can’t be reeeeally good at both fishing AND golfing, ‘cuz a good day to golf is a great day to fish lol. But seriously congrats on the gig, Jack!
Jeff Kelm – the MWC emcee and tournament manager for the last 4 years – will fill out the 2021 season. From what I’ve seen at weigh-ins (in person and on live streams) Jeff does one heck of a job and should step in nicely. Go get ’em, man!
3. MI: DNR walleye-egg collection underway.
On the Muskegon River below the Croton Dam:
> …planning to collect about 32 mil walleye eggs during this effort…will result in fry for transfer to rearing ponds and direct fry plants throughout the Lower Peninsula. Walleye fry transferred to ponds will be raised to fingerling size (approximately 1.5-2.5″) and stocked in late spring or early summer in lakes and rivers throughout the state.
4. MN DNR is going invasive carp hunting.
Starting Apr 5 they’ll be leading an intensive removal effort in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River near La Crosse, WI. And those carp better be scared ‘cuz the DNR’s telling their “MUM” lol:
> “The innovative Modified Unified Method (MUM) combines netting and herding techniques to drive and concentrate invasive carp from a large area of water into a small zone for removal.”
5. IL might put new fee on fishermen to fight Asian carp.
A $5 “aquatic conservation stamp” that fishermen would need to purchase before they’re able to legally fish in the state. Would be the same cost for residents and non-residents, and be active in 2022 if passed.
6. How UT anglers can help prevent spread of whirling disease.
Apparently I was wrong and it is NOT caused by playing too much “dizzy bat” as a small-fry:
> …a condition in fish caused by an invasive microscopic parasite. It was first discovered in UT in ’91 and primarily affects trout and salmon species…. The disease attacks the cartilage tissue of a fish’s head and spine. …young fish may develop symptoms such as the characteristic whirling behavior, a black tail or even death. If they survive, fish may develop neurological damage or skeletal deformities.
Oh, and here’s a couple of the actual recommendations from the DWR for preventing the spread:
> “Avoid using felt-soled wading boots. These boots are more likely to transport the parasite that causes whirling disease to other waterbodies. To get more traction in your waders, anglers can purchase studs for their wader boots.”
And apparently no fishing on back-to-back days?
> After getting out of the creek, rinse all mud and aquatic plants from your boots, waders, and other equipment. Let all the equipment dry in the sun for a few days before using them again.
7. CO: Scheels opens massive 220K sq ft store in CO Springs.
8. Someone out there needs to hear this:
Your bait cooler is DISGUSTING – pls clean it out! Lol.
I’ve had a couple TW readers tell me that the Old Salt Angling Livewell Cleaner is the real deal for cleaning livewells, coolers, etc. Haven’t tried it yet, but I have a RIPE 🤢 Engel Live Bait Cooler that could use a dousing. Gonna give some a shot and will let you know.
I also just ordered a bottle of their Anise Scent ‘cuz that OG flavor has been catching fish since before I was born – 🤐 I’ve already said too much….
9. Lindner’s Fishing Edge is on the Outdoor Channel…
…during “Fish On Saturdays” at 6pm CST.
10. PA: Zeebz found in Raystown Lake.