1. MN: Legislature passes jumbo-sized outdoors bill.
Everything I have seen or heard tells me this wouldn’t have happened without the folks at MN-FISH.
> The finalized environment and natural resources bill will send $308 mil in new operating money to the DNR, spread over the next 2 fiscal yrs. In addition, the agency will receive more than $116.6 mil in direct cash from a $1.3 bil capital investment plan sourced from the state’s $17.5 bil budget surplus.
Way, way, waaaaay too much to run thru it all in this email (full scoop here) but I’ll plop a few updates/changes/etc below:
• Fee increases for fishing licenses, originally sought by the DNR, will not happen.
• The Waterville fish hatchery will be rebuilt for $18-20 mil. Other hatcheries will be updated with $35 mil in new operating money also covering expansion of fishing piers and other shore-fishing facilities.
• Another $35 mil is earmarked for new gravel, docks, bathroom facilities and other improvements to boat access infrastructure on lakes and rivers.
• The new operating funds will bolster staffing at the DNR to conduct more fish population surveys and other research needed to maximize fish stocking.
• To ensure an adequate supply of live bait during a minnow shortage, the DNR may allow importation of minnows but only from waters in neighboring states. Also, the DNR must consult with bait dealers and fishing groups to recommend by early next year how to “ensure a viable MN-grown bait supply and sustainable bait industry” that minimizes the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species or fish disease.
• Ice-fishing litterbugs will be subject to a $100 fine for each violation of a new law aimed to prevent garbage, excrement and other waste from hitting the ice. The law requires a waste container to be secured to the angler’s shelter, motor vehicle or other fishing “conveyance.”
• Now 2 lines also may be used in the Minnesota River downstream from the Granite Falls Dam and in the Mississippi downstream of St. Anthony Falls. By rule, the DNR may allow two-line fishing on areas of Lake Superior.
2. Lake Erie walleye: A conservation success story.
3. MN: Krasaway/McPherson cleaned-up ($17K) on Lake Vermilion…
…for the win City Auto Glass walleye derby. Nice rundown in that write-up.
4. OH: Climate impacts on Lake Erie walleye?
Some interesting info on things that COULD happen if climate models are right….
5. OH: Spring die-off of Lake Erie fish causing concern.
Don’t worry, its an annual thing.
6. SD: Fish consumption advisories issued for 28 lakes.
7. ON: 22nd-annual Emo Walleye Classic is this weekend.
8. Country singer Toby Keith bought Luck E Strike.
9. Mustad adds 4 industry veterans to team.
> Andy Baumbach becomes director of marketing and Vince Minnick joins as national sales manager, while Dave Wensel and Brian Perry have been recruited as senior regional business managers.
10. NY: Oneida Lake ice-fishing szn was shortest in 21 yrs.
11. FishUSA now has Bill Lewis PWCs in stock.
Did you know that Mr. Cranky himself (Mark Romanack) designed the new Bill Lewis Precise Walleye Crank?!
> Made with precision-trolling in mind, the PWC was designed and tested with walleye-trolling expert, Mark Romanack, and has been 2 yrs in the making. There is arguably no-one more knowledgeable on precision trolling than Romanack.
> He designed the PWC to get down into the strike zone quicker with a steeper diving angle. On 10 lb mono, the lure will get down to 33’ with 200’ of line out, or with 100’ of line out it will get down to 25’.