1. MN: We lost two more fishing brothers.
Their side-by-side broke through a pressure ridge on Fish Trap Lake. Dangit…makes me sick.
2. NY tryin’ to be the sauger capital?
Currently running a sauger conservation mgmt plan that’s goal is to:
> …Establish and maintain sauger populations in all suitable waters of native NY watersheds by 2030.
Have pumped over 17K fingerlings and 700K fry into Allegheny Rez from 2014-2018 and said:
> Sauger from all 5 years of stocking are present in the reservoir and fish from the first year of stocking are now reaching over 20″…. Possible sauger spawning activity was even observed in the river this past spring.
3. MN: Lake of the Woods reg changes comin’ Mar 1.
Winter regs will be reduced to match the current summer regs. Fish populations are still better than ever…just looking to protect the resource with the boost in hardwater fishing pressure.
4. MN: Leech Lake walleye regs loosening up.
> …New regulations (take effect May 11) will remove the 20-26″ protected slot and replace it with a regulation similar to the statewide regulation but with a 4-fish walleye limit, only 1 of which can be over 20″.
5. ND: Almost 200,000-lbs of pike speared last winter.
Dats a lotta slime! Said they had 28,138 pike speared with an average weight of 7 lbs. #GooGone
6. Merc drops another $10 mil on testing facility.
In Fond du Lac, WI.
> The 2-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) Technical Center adds close to 20,000 SqFt to the more than 2.5 million SqFt campus…gives the company the largest testing facility in the marine industry. Mercury has invested more than $1B [!] globally in expansion and R&D since 2008.
7. Anyone mount rattle reels on the floor?
Always been a wall-mount guy myself, but sounds like a floor mount may help keep the dog from getting tangled in the line or having false “dings” from that happy tail-wag.
Sure, blame it on the dog ‘cuz you don’t want to put anymore holes in the wall of your Yetti Fish House lol. Don’t blame you….
This Catch Cover Safety Cover has a built-in base to use with Rattlesnake Reels. Also can pick the whole unit up and move it out of the way when fighting a fish:
They sell Extra Wall Discs so you can swap out different accessories or slap ’em on the wall instead:
8. Maybe win a Vexilar FLX-12…
…by signing up for Hooked Magazine’s newsletter. Easy enough!
9. Apparently ONLINE sport shows are a thing?
Had never heard of one before. If you hate crowds, maybe this is your thing?
10. Ever fish with “hammered” spoons?
Hammered blades flash in different directions = looking like multiple baitfish:
Those ^ Freedom Tackle Hammered Minnow Spoons look awesome! Great dirty-water color on the left, and clear-water option on the right.