1. SD: SUV went through on Waubay this week.
Their rig is sitting at the bottom of the lake, but luckily everyone made it out okay. Another (of many) scary reminders to play it safe….
2. SK: Another rig dropped through on Dore Lake.
Peeps made it out okay, but I think it’s important to note that:
> “…two people drove an SUV onto the lake to join other vehicles who were ice fishing.”
Just ‘cuz you see other rigs out there, does NOT mean you’ve got a green light to drive. Always check for yourself.
3. New hardhouse (online) ice-fishing derby this Jan.
Called “SHACK SLAM” and can fish any public waters in the US or CAN. Costs $10 to enter and they’re guaranteeing $5K+ in cash prize money.
Prizes are for the longest walleye and longest crappie. Cool thing is you don’t need to catch the biggest to win $$$…they’ve also got random payouts for 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th place, etc. LOVE the idea — more info here.
4. OH fishery building getting $300K in repairs.
Replacing the leaky 30-yr-old roof, gutters, downspouts, etc.
5. IA: Mudpuppy study happenin’ on the Mississipi River.
> “Did you know the mudpuppy is nocturnal, never leaves the water and is actually active this time of year? We have a study underway on these unique and threatened critters — so if you catch one by accident, snap a photo for us, release it, and let us know the location you caught it!”
Still waiting for Savage Gear to make one — it’ll compliment their 3D Burbot:
6. NY school has a “floating classroom.”
The science research class works out of a pontoon to survey Great Sacandaga Lake for invasives and track walleye populations. Definitely not falling asleep during that lecture! #SignMeUp
7. ND: Free ice fishing weekend Dec 28-29.
Also: Jan 1 starts the first year of a new 3-yr boat registration period.
8. So this is how the…
…Northland Eye-Ball Spoon got its name:
9. Looking for Midwest fishing reports?
The crew from AMSOIL is kicking out a bunch of current videos — all in one spot. The newest Midwest Fishing Reports are out now:
10. NJ: Ladies-only ice workshop happenin’ Feb 15.
11. Garmin giveaway heads up!
We sent an email to the randomly-drawn winner of the Garmin Panoptix Livescope Ice Fishing Bundle giveaway. They have 7 days to respond else the computers need to draw a new winner.
If your email addy looks something like this — firstname.lastname@example.org — better get to gettin’!