If you’re from central MN, you’ll recognize the name from Christopherson Bait Shop in Alexandria. Magical place. I worked there for many years growing up, and it’s a big reason I had that “spark” for wanting to work in the fishing industry.
To this day, I still say an energetic “Yo!” when greeting someone…because that’s how Al would always sound off when flying into the bait shop with a flat of crawlers and massive smirk on his face. Someone so special will not be forgotten. 🙏✝️ Thoughts & prayers to Denise, Dana, and the rest of the family.
2. WI: Some walleye reg changes in the north country.
> Anglers may keep a daily bag limit of 3 walleye at least 15″ but less than 20″, or they can keep 2 walleye 15-20″ and one over 24″. The change will be in effect for the May 7, 2022, fishing season opener.
3. MN: John Hoyer’s doing a walleye seminar at Frankie’s TOMORROW.
At noon in Chisago – will be talking how to catch your limit of walleyes this fishing opener.
4. Z-Man hired a new bait designer.
Jose Chavez is the new director of product development. He has a background in microbiology and previously “helped transform brand identities for 13Fishing and Savage Gear, creating numerous groundbreaking fishing lures and winning several ‘Best of’ category awards at the annual ICAST show.”
> Jose Chavez: “I’m a big fan of the everyday angler and the lifestyle. For me, it’s about putting the types of lures in people’s hands that produce amazing, unforgettable on-the-water experiences.
> “From an outside perspective, before even joining the team, I’d have to say I viewed Z-Man in a unique light. A lot of us believed Z-Man had the best reputation in fishing. Still does. That speaks to both the pioneering products and the people, all of whom understand fishing, the angler and the passion that drives the consumer.
> “Naturally, I’m excited to get right in there and start contributing fresh ideas and concepts, and ultimately, to elevate the Z-Man fan experience to even greater heights of awesome.”
Dude has a good gig AND a tough one, meaning trying to make an already great product mix better. 🤝 Congrats to both!
5. MN: Mega Bucks Walleye Tourney on Big Stone, Apr 29-30.
Big dollar entry fee, bigger dollar payouts.
6. MO: Bass Pro Shops donated $1.5 mil to conservation…
…after the massive World’s Fishing Fair dealio:
> This donation – which represents 100% of the ticket sales from 3 nights of “Concerts for Conservation” and 100% of the admissions to the World’s Fishing Fair (doubling the initial pledge of 50% of all ticket sales)….
7. Yo pontoon-ers!
Turn that cabin cruiser into a fishing machine – after you kick all the joy-riders off 😂 – with Millennium Marine’s R-500 Pontoon Boat Rod Holder:
> “…easy and simple to add rod holders to pontoon boats or boats that have existing rails. It easily and securely mounts on your existing rail with no holes to drill. …mounts seamlessly to round or square-tube rails from 0.75″ to 1.5″. Patented Spyderlok Technology guarantees incremental locking angles and a 360° rotation, and it has a rugged design that will last a lifetime.”