1. MN: LOTW walleye season closes Apr 15….
One last hurrah for those headed to the Rainy River and/or Lake of the Woods. Don’t forget: the pike season never closes — guys are still running an auger extension on the main lake…so plenty of time left to get in on the flaggin’ fun.
2. MN: Bemidji has a new bait shop.
Called Northwoods Bait & Tackle. Place looks great in the pics/vids I’ve seen online — hope to check it out soon-ish in person.
Their big grand opening is on Sat, Apr 28 with guys like Gary Roach, Bro, Matt Breuer and even Jason Rylander was somehow invited? Lol kidding man! Thinking it might be a great pit-stop on the way to or from the Rainy River….
3. ND: Still over 30″ of ice on Devils Lake.
If you’re looking for a last-minute ice trip, Woodland Resort has some rockin’ deals for the rest of Apr — talkin’ dang near half-off lodging rates. #NotRoughingIt
4. MN/SD: Big Stone wally opener Apr 21.
> Artie Arndt: “Give me a few 1/16-oz ‘parakeet’ color Northland Fire-Ball Jigs
and a scoop of fatheads, and I’m in business.”
You read that right…1/16-oz. They catch ’em tight to shore in spring, right where water meets the shoreline rocks. #Jackpot
5. MB: New ice-fishing sportshow.
Coming to Winnipeg Nov 17-18. ‘Bout time!
6. Should Aqua-Vu make spearing decoys?
Been seeing more and more vids of pike actually hitting Aqua-Vu underwater cameras — luckily most spit it out like this toothy critter did:
Would love to paint one up as a spearing decoy. At the bare minimum it would be a back-saver, though maybe not legal?
7. Blackfish wins “Best of Show”…
…Booth Display Award at the Northwest Sportshow. Guess that new performance fishing gear isn’t the only thing they do that looks good:
8. Whatcha wanna see from Phantom Lures??
They’re working on some how-to fishin’ vids and wants to know what you wanna see. Planer board trolling? 3-way rigs?? An umbrella rig loaded with crankbaits and fished under a bobber??? Let ’em know here.
9. Do you have the right boat insurance?
Worldwide Marine’s Bob Luellen is hosting a free webinar May 7, talkin’ different boat insurance options to make sure you’re covered. Great chance to ask him Qs about something most of us don’t know enough about — click here to register.
10. Lose in tourneys and still win $$$.
If you’re making tourney plans for 2018 and have a LEER truck cap/cover — or are thinking about getting one — sign up for the Cover Cash program. Gives you a shot at making dough even if you don’t win…which I can sure appreciate lol.
11. VT walleye season opens May 5.
12. Free Navionics webinars.
13. DC: Interior dept head likes boaters.
Said: “Boats are good. A lot of boats are better.”
Unless they’re fishin’ your secret lake spot….
14. Another #SeaFoamWorks story.
Charles N. from TX:
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