1. MI: MUCC files lawsuit over motorboat ban.
MUCC = MI United Conservation Clubs, who’s challenging executive order 2020-42 as applied to motorized boating. Curious to see how this all goes down:
2. MN: I always knew fishing was essential….
Earlier this morn MN’s governor issued an executive order that “expands outdoor recreation opportunities for Minnesotans during the COVID-19 epidemic.” The order allows for MNers to “take part in golfing, boating, fishing, hunting and hiking while following social distancing guidelines.”
> Gov. Tim Walz: “It’s important for us to stay active and enjoy the outdoors while preventing the spread of COVID-19. This measure will allow Minnesotans to take advantage of more opportunities to get outside, while still doing their part to keep their neighbors healthy.”
3. OH: Lake Erie commercial fishin’ biz charged…
…for allegedly (according to this write-up) “causing intentional injury to a non-commercial fish species as well as 10 counts of stream littering and 10 counts of illegally disposing of dead fish.”
> “Division of Wildlife investigators observed and recorded…employees intentionally injure a rare trophy-sized muskellunge after it was removed from a commercial fishing net in western Lake Erie.
> “Employees were also observed removing numerous gar…from commercial fishing nets and then breaking their spines and tossing the carcasses into the lake.”
4. WI: Some DNR boat launches now closed.
Droppin’ this here ‘cuz I saw a ton of people freaking out online thinking all of WI was shutdown…it’s actually just ramps located at already-closed state parks:
> WI DNR: “You can still fish. WI’s waters are open to fishing. The boat launches at the 38 closed [state] properties are closed. All other state-owned launches throughout WI are OPEN at this time.”
5. OH: Perrysburg Twp. reopened Maumee River access…
…near Buttonwood Park. Had shut down thinking that traffic for the walleye run violated coronavirus social distancing rules…but now they’re saying:
> Trustee Bob Mack: “They are not standing elbow to elbow. They’ve got to cast. So they are 6′ part, probably. I personally think we got a little excited….”
6. AEM is giving up secret spots on LOW.
Angler’s Edge Mapping has started surveying the northern chunk of Lake of the Woods from west to east:
7. Rapala #FocusOnFishing challenge (win free stuff).
> Simply snap a pic or take a video of you staying motivated for the fishing season and post it tagging us @rapalausa and use the hashtag #FocusOnFishing in the caption. You must also challenge 3 or more fishing buddies by tagging them….
8. WI: Merc Racing’s helpin’ with Covid stuff.
Sorta hard to translate engineering talk (lol) but it involves 3D printers and helping folks to sew cloth face masks more quickly.
9. Mission Tackle’s runnin’ 20% off store-wide.
No special code needed, the discount will be automatically applied. Hit it up right here. Believe they’re running the sale for the next couple weeks while retail locations are shut down.
10. You seen the Lunkerhunt Impact Slash 6S yet?
Suspending jerkbait with a wide, erratic, darting action. Check the “sassy” color: