1. MN: Peeps rescued off Upper Red Lake…AGAIN.
After big winds broke open a monster crack in the ice sheet…. Seems to happen every year up there with people and resorts all trying to be the first. It’s soooo early yet…PLEASE BE CAREFUL AND DON’T PUSH IT.
2. MN: Man falls through the ice on Skogman Lake.
Was (luckily!) able to pull himself out.
3. NPAA annual conference comin’ up.
Jan 3-5 in Wisconsin Dells. That’s the National Professional Anglers Association. Couple of this year’s featured speakers are pro basser Mike Iaconelli and Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris. Great chance to network with pros who’ve had success on and off the water, and learn about the business side of the sport.
4. MN DNR put the kibosh to a lead-ban petition.
Received a petition from a slough of environmental/conservation groups requesting they initiate rulemaking to (among other things):
> “Ban the possession and use of lead or other toxic fishing tackle on MN waters located within the common loon range….”
DNR’s response and what factors their decision was based on here.
5. MN: Zeebz found in Lake of the Woods…sorta.
Zebra mussel larvae — no adults or juveniles found yet.
> DNR research scientist Gary Montz: “We don’t know if the lake’s water chemistry is conducive to zebra mussel survival…it’s possible that calcium levels or other factors might prevent propagation.”
Honestly thought zeebz were already in there…. Will be added to the infested waters list so that “people who harvest bait, fish commercially or use water from the lake take necessary precautions.”
6. MN: Still no adult zeebz found in Red Lake…
…but the DNR says they’re in there:
> “There is no viable explanation for seeing multiple veligers [zebra mussel larvae] in two different sites in both Lower and Upper Red Lake other than an established zebra mussel population.”
7. NY: Warrior Boats breaks into western New Yawhk.
**My attempt at a Brooklyn accent ‘cuz I don’t know how western New Yorkers sound**
D’ja know de farthest east Warriawh Boats dealuh is in Cleveland, OH? Not anymawh. Now New Yawhkers will be able tuh drink deir cawhfee on de big watuh wit’out any feah. Ya dig?
If that made zero sense to you (lol) feel free to read this press release instead.
8. ND’s biggest ice show happenin’ in 30 days.
Called the Fargo Ice Show and happenin’ Dec 13-15 at Scheels Arena = 45,000 sq ft of ice-fishing goodness! Know how fast calendars fill up…so slap it on!
Pumped to hear they’re doing the New Product Showcase again. Hit up their Facebook page for tons of updates, ticket giveaways, discounts and more.
9. Was this bait dipped in gold?
That’s the new Clam Jointed Pinhead Mino in the “red glow/gold glitter” color. It’s no secret how well jointed baits can work during the open-water season — gives the bait an extra little wobble — this is the first I’d ever seen one designed specifically for ice. And that face-down design is for upward feedin’ fish….
10. Lake Superior: Lamprey numbers dropping…
…but still too high. Was an estimated 780K before “lamprey control” started in 1958…now believed to be roughly 180K:
> Sea lampreys feed on the blood and body fluids of fish by attaching to them with a tooth-filled, suction cup mouth and file a hole through the fish’s scales and skin with a razor-sharp tongue.
> The average sea lamprey kills up to 40-lbs of fish during its adult, parasitic stage. Sea lampreys prefer trout, salmon, whitefish and sturgeon, but they also attack smaller fish such as walleye and perch.