1. MN: Two ice anglers drown…
…in Upper Red Lake accident. Gone too soon, dangit. RIP Melissa and Zeth.
2. ON: Ear Falls man reported missing.
Friends found a hole in the ice on Pakwash Lake, along with his snowmobile, helmet and jacket nearby. Prayers fishing brother.
3. MN: LOW walleye pop strong….
…based on the results from the DNR’s annual fall survey.
> “There hasn’t been a weak walleye year-class in the lake since 2008…been 6 average to moderate hatches on top of the banner hatches in 2011 and 2013.”
Know what that means for this winter?
4. MN: Wheel houses now need shelter tags/licenses.
Used to be considered “portable” and didn’t need ’em. Now the definition of portable shelters has been updated to:
> “One that collapses, folds or is disassembled for transportation.”
Makes sense, but guys with the hydraulic frames will be salty lol. More info here.
5. MI: Bill for flexible shanty removal dates.
Probably a smart idea since ice conditions are different every year….
6. Bored at work?
Check this tasty underwater footage of some jumbo perch and a surprise visitor — can’t get over how clear the new Aqua-Vu HD units are:
7. Newest Catch Cover giveaway.
‘Nother chance to win some Catch Cover goodies for your shack! Click here to enter on their page.
8. New ultralight 4-stroke Merc.
Comes in 15/20-hp models, and is 11 lbs lighter (99 lbs).
New tiller handle is adjustable and “can be set up for right- or left-hand operation, and the vertical down-stop is adjustable to accommodate specific boat layouts and body frames.”
9. Distributor Maurice $100 mil in debt.
Ouch! Dats a lotta dough!! Filed for bankruptcy, are restructuring and a deal may be in the works? From an email sent by gri-solutions.com to “unsecured creditors” (companies Maurice owes):
> …Maurice Sporting Goods faced several challenges that impaired their cash flow, investment in new distribution center, several bankruptcies including Sports Authority, Michigan Sporting Good Distributors, Gander Mountain, and Sport Chalet. This also overlapped with a weakening Canadian dollar [Maurice is Canadian] and poor management.
10. Rapala Pro Series vid game now out.
For PS4 and X1. Bass on the cover, but there are walleyes in the game:
11. Olympian partners with Wilcraft.
If you haven’t seen one yet, it’s an “amphibious ice-fishing vehicle” that floats and can crawl back out if it breaks through the ice. Guess they start at about $16K, which is actually quite a bit less than you’d think.