1. 27-year-old walleye caught…
…by fisheries biologists during an “adult sampling” on Lake Sakakawea. Fish was just 25.2″ long…didn’t say if it was a male or female. Maybe they shrink when they get old, like we sorta do?
> Bony fish are aged by counting the growth rings on their otoliths (ear bones). Here’s an otolith from the 27-year-old walleye:
Assuming that pic means the fish isn’t getting any older….
2. WI: The Women Ice Angler Project hits Lake Superior.
A women’s ice fishing group who’s gathered on a different lake to fish every winter since 2015. Started as a one-time media event to create positive images of women ice fishing independently. #Stout
> Barby Carey: “Because I see how women’s lives are changed… see how all of a sudden they’re backing their boat in, they’re going fishing, they have confidence and pride in doing things they never thought they could do.”
Thanks for all you do to help grow the industry, Barb!
3. MN: 10,000 anglers fished the Gull Lake derby…
…last weekend, despite the nasty conditions. Were fishin’ for a chunk of the $150K in prizes — Gary Creger got his (won a new truck!) thanks to a 5.2-lb pike that snatched up his sucker minnow. Worth the frost bite!
4. ON: Lake Scugog walleye fishing could be closed for years.
MNRF banned walleye fishing back in 2016 to help boost the population…3 years later, it’s still in its “very early stages” and “may take many years to see improvement of the walleye population.”
5. Lithuania team dominates World Ice Fishing Championship.
6. WI: Winnebago trawling report released.
Says there was still a “measurable walleye hatch” despite the mid-April snow storm that dumped more than 30″ of snow, and brought record high-water levels to the Wolf River.
Btw – guess a “trawl” looks like a large, mesh sock and is drug across the lake bottom behind a boat.
7. ND: 1.3-lb walleye wins Devils Lake tourney.
Zac Bernier’s catch was good for a $2K payday. Know this cold front has screwed up the bite when that’s the winning fish on a world-class fishery like Devils Lake, ND…. Way to grind it out, dude!
8. MI DNR stocked over 22 MILLION [!] fish in 2018.