1. TN: Suspect caught with 28 bags of…
…illegal frozen walleye fillets, after OH officers tipped off the TWRA that the suspect was coming back to TN with the fishy contraband.
> TWRA officers confiscated the fish after setting up surveillance and performing a traffic stop. Each bag contained fillets from 3 fish for a total of 84 fish.
2. ID: 3 tagged walleyes worth $1K each caught…
…during May outta Lake Pend Oreille, where ID Fish and Game added some $$$ incentive to help “control” the non-native fish population.
> “These tags…injected in the snout…are invisible to anglers, but turning in heads [!] from legally-caught walleye offers anglers a chance at 2 types of cash rewards. Anglers will receive $1K for a head that’s turned in from a tagged walleye, [and] every walleye head turned in enters anglers in the monthly drawing for 10 cash prizes of $100 each.”
> Walleye were essentially non-existent in Lake Pend Oreille 10 years ago, but numbers have been rapidly increasing since 2014…likely from an illegal introduction into Noxon Reservoir in the early ’90s….
> Keeping the walleye population low is important for sustaining other fish populations in the lake, such as kokanee….
In unrelated, but extremely-related news…Lake Pend Oreille sees highest kokanee density in 2 decades…. [chin-scratch emoji]
3. What’s Minn Kota got up their sleeve?
Us common folk get to find out what THIS is Jun 29:
4. ME: Half of fishing guides might go out of biz.
Thx to the Covid lockdowns.
5. Lund Boats is going Facebook live…
…w/ Mandy Uhrich tomorrow (June 18) at 7pm CST.
6. SD: No-wake restriction on Lake Mitchell.
Gotta keep her under 5 mph until “the water level has dropped below 6″ from above the spillway.”
7. Gami’s got new Shiner Hooks.
Think they’re new, unless I’m just late to the party? Straight eye (left) for tying direct, or upturned eye (right) for snelling:
8. OH: June = mayfly month along Lake Erie shores.
> They only live a couple of days after emerging from the bottom of Lake Erie, barely enough time for their short breeding cycle. But long enough to coat vehicles and buildings, especially when a light is shining nearby.
Gets so bad that the Port Clinton street dept literally turns off city street lights and encourages businesses, sotres, parking lots and residences to do the same…or they’ll regret it lol.
9. Valerie Dixon’s now at American Baitworks.
New pro staff manager and event coordinator. Was with Strike King for 11 years where she “managed more than 200 pro staff team members and coordinated marketing and special events for the company.”
10. MN: Zeebz found in Farm Island Lake.
11. DC: Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act.
> Senate approved a bipartisan bill that would double spending on a popular conservation program and devote nearly $2 bil a year to improve and maintain national parks.
> …sends GAOA to the House, where approval is expected. It would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a century.
> …one of the bill’s chief sponsors, said the bill will create at least 100,000 jobs, while restoring national parks and repairing trails and forest systems.