1. New micro “baitfeeders” for ice fishing.
If you’ve never seen a “baitfeeder” spinning reel, they let you disengage the spool so the fish can run — then just flip the switch and your normal drag is engaged. Dream come true for set-lines or deadsticks.
2. SD: GFP restocking winterkill lakes.
> Todd St. Sauver, area fisheries supervisor: “We did not see as many severe winterkills as we were expecting — that was a good thing. All the lakes that did have severe winterkills have been restocked, and we normally see really fast fish growth. Hopefully, those waters will be up and providing some fishing again in 2 or 3 years.”
3. MI DNR wants your walleye opinions.
I you’re a MI licensed angler, of course. Have an online survey to “better align the biological and social aspects of walleye management” in the state.
4. ND: Devils Lake MWC happenin’ Aug 16-17.
5. MN: Josh Evan wins walleye stamp contest.
> Purchasing a walleye stamp is voluntary…helps fund an account dedicated only to walleye stocking. The money helps the DNR buy walleye from certified private producers that are stocked in MN lakes. Customers can buy walleye stamps any time, even if they already have a license.
Now that’s our kind of “food stamps.”
Zeebz found in Rouchleau Mine Pit (near Virginia), South Twin Lake (Mahnomen County), and Maple Lake (Wright County).
Also, starry stonewort confirmed in Lake Beltrami.
Heads up: Contact an area DNR aquatic invasive species specialist if you think you’ve found zebra mussels — or any other invasives — not already confirmed in a lake.
7. ND: Gotta keep fish caught in 25’+?
> Fish caught from deep water likely won’t survive because of the extreme change in water pressure. Anglers fishing at least 25′ should make the commitment to keep what they catch, and once they reach their limit to stop fishing at that depth.
8. IA: DNR investigating fish kill…
…along about a 10-mile stretch of the Little Maquoketa River starting north of Epworth and running downstream to Durango. Thousands of dead fish, mostly rough fish and minnows.
Also was a fish kill in White Breast Creek caused by:
> …a large amount of sludge spilled from [the Osceola wastewater treatment plant’s] digester into the creek. Because of high organic matter in the sludge, oxygen levels dropped in the stream. Low oxygen and high ammonia levels are toxic to fish and other aquatic animals.