1. MN: Anglers stuck on an island…
…for two days in the middle-of-nowhere on Lake of the Woods. Looked like a sketchy movie scene:
> …Went to the back of the 17′ boat to switch gas tanks and discovered [it] was taking on water…the bilge was running but had gotten plugged [and] the boat was filling up fast…a large wave washed over the stern and turned the problem into a disaster.
> Had just enough time to put their life jackets on before the boat capsized…stayed with the boat and drifted 5-6 hours…washed up on an island around midnight.
They were stuck there for two nights — eating crayfish, wild berries and of course trying to flag down boats miles off in the distance. Hadn’t been reported missing yet [?!], but luckily a boat patrolling the CAN/US border happened to spot them. Glad you guys are okay!
2. 2018 NWT schedule announced.
Here’s your 2018 starting lineup:
- May 10-11 – Red Wing, MN
- MN Jun 14-15 – Bay City, MI
- Jul 26-27 – Devils Lake, ND
- Championship TBD
3. MN: Mille Lacs reopens with a
Local businesses said traffic was crazy light, despite the crazy-good walleye fishing. Time for a road trip people!
4. NY tryin’ to be the sauger capital?
Move over Illinois River:
> Goal is to establish and maintain sauger populations in all suitable waters of native NY watersheds by 2030.
5. SD: Record # of sportsmen arrested.
Or should we call them “unsportsman?” Thanks to the Turn in Poachers (TIPs):
> In the last year: TIP resulted in 364 investigations leading to 227 arrests, $32K in fines and $17.6K in liquidated civil damages.
Big thanks to those of you that care enough about the resource to call in!
6. SD: GFP reviewing Swan Lake petition.
A farm-land leasing company wants Swan Lake closed to the public — the public wants Swan Lake open to the public.
7. Over 142 mil peeps went boating in 2016.
Ever try “boating” without bringing along a fishing rod? Painful. This study said:
> Active boaters spend an average of 71.5 boating hours per season.
Some of you could probably hit that number in a week while trolling….