1. MN: Women Ice Angler Project headed to Minnetonka.
This is a women’s ice fishing group that’s met up on a different lake to fish every winter since 2015. Started as a one-time media event to create positive images of women ice fishing independently.
> Barb Carey: “Because I see how women’s lives are changed…see how all of a sudden they’re backing their boat in, they’re going fishing, they have confidence and pride in doing things they never thought they could do.”
Thanks for all you do to help grow the industry, Barb!
This year the ladies will be staying on the ice for 5 days straight [!] fishing out of and sleeping in Clam X-600 Thermal Hub shacks. Doable ‘cuz those hubs give you the option to add a removable floor = no more cold feet, or having to steal those foam floor mats from your kid’s daycare (lol). Super cool idea:
4. MN’s launching an Outdoor Recreation Task Force.Might have something to do with the fact that outdoor activities make up a big chunk of the $15.3 billion tourism economy in Minnie:
> “The group will make recommendations about how MN can connect more people to the health and wellness benefits of outdoor recreation, improve equitable access to outdoor recreation, and better support the state’s thriving outdoor recreation economy.”
Other states are doin’ it too:
> “…16 states have created offices or commissions on outdoor recreation as a way to collaborate across agency and organizational boundaries to expand the benefits of outdoor recreation for the economy, environmental stewardship, and quality of life.”
5. WY Game and Fish wants to get rid of small lake trout.
In Flaming Gorge Rez. Currently have the highest-ever-documented amount of lakers under 28″ and say:
> “…their high-numbers are taxing their own food supply resulting in slower growth during the years lake trout should be growing quickly. If a population becomes too large for their environment, growth rates decrease and prey resources become limited.”
This is the same fishery where they’re trying to wipe out burbot ‘cuz it’s an “invasive species and voracious predator that eats sport fish that would otherwise be available for anglers to catch.”
6. AIM gets Berkley.
Newest sponsor of the catch-record-release tourney series that’s taking off like [fire emoji].
7. Lund has new Pro Guide models.
Pumped to hear they now have 1675 and 1775 Pro Guides. #TillerLife
> “…twin-plated bow for added durability in rough waters and Lund’s patented IPS Hull for the ultimate in performance. The reverse chines on the outside edge and pronounced center keel deliver precise boat control while the flat center pad provides for blazing hole shot and maximum engine performance.”
Also pretty cool to hear that Lund product manager Rory Wiebe runs a tiller:
> “…allows precise control so they can perfectly stay on their desired spot and ultimately catch more fish. Even when your battling the wind, you can make precise adjustments quickly to counter the wind and waves to stay on the fish, plus, the wide-open layout allows for completely free range of movement throughout the boat without anything getting in the way for your yourself or other anglers. It’s truly the ultimate fishing machine.”
8. MotorGuide part of Brunswick’s new Advanced Systems Group.
9. MN: $150K ice-fishing extravaganza happenin’ Jan 25.
On Gull Lake in Nisswa. Can expect 10,000+ people to fish for a chance at the $150K in prizes. Heck of a time if you’re into this kind of thing:
10. Lure Lock partners with NPAA.
11. SC: Boat registration changing to every year.
Instead of every 3 years. Will now be paid on the boat owner’s county property tax bill like they apparently do for cars already.