1. AB: 59-yr-old Calgary man passed on…
…after falling through the ice in Little Bow Provincial Park.
> The two were fishing together when one went through the ice. When his partner tried to rescue him, he fell through the ice as well.
> A third man fishing nearby threw them a rope and managed to pull one fisherman from the icy water, but they were unable to reach the second man who had fallen in.
RIP fishing brother, prayers to the family. Please be careful out there folks….
2. IN plugged 12K more ‘eyes into the St. Joseph River.
Averaged 7″ long, huge for stocked walters = more expensive but have a much better chance of survival.
Also found it interesting that the write-up said “anglers often grumble they are catching a lot of undersized fish, and very few [16″+] keeper sizes.” But fisheries biologist Larry Koza clapped back with:
> “They’re in there…it’s a common complaint we get on our inland lakes, too. But studies show there are quite a few bigger walleyes in these fisheries…. We find that in our surveys, these fish group by size. The bigger fish tend to use different areas.”
Which to me sounds like a very nice way of saying your spot stinks and you need to quit fishing memories! Lol
3. MN: LOTW fish-fry rules on the ice.
Have heard a zillion conflicting stories, so was cool to finally get a breakdown of the rules on Lake of the Woods. As always, check your own local regs!
4. Story on how the JawJacker came about.
Awesome background info on how Matt Dungan took it from an idea he had as a boy trapping possums in the woods of TN, to an actual product.
I’ve you’ve never heard of a JawJacker, it’s basically a little contraption you put your rod in that automatically sets the hook when you have a bite. Thing is freakin’ slick!
Wish they were legal here in MN. I’ve used ’em a couple times in other states and you just don’t get gut-hooked fish like you might with standard tip-ups.
Imo if you’re into catch-and-release fishing, they just make sense. Maybe one day we can get ’em over here in the ”Land of 10,000 Laws’ too….
Btw I just found out you can now get a motorized base for ’em that does the jigging for you. Pretty cool.
5. IA: Who wants to become a “walleye farmer” with me?!
Apparently walleye have “been identified as one of the top 6 potential species of aquaculture in the US:”
> The firm, white flesh and mildly sweet flavor make walleye a favorite seafood choice in North America and northern Europe.
> Walleye have a retail price range of $6-12 per lb, with high prices of $20 per lb or more to select white-table markets.
6. Lake Erie: 2019 algal bloom was a 7.3…
…on the “severity index” compared to a 3.8 in 2018. Folks are worried they’re in for another doozy next year ‘cuz “wet springs make [blooms] stronger.”
> The unique thing about this particular stuff is it’s buoyant. It floats. When the lake gets very quiet and goes very calm, this stuff just pops right up to the surface. And if you’ve seen some of the pictures, it looks like you may have dropped green carpet on top of the water — it’s that thick.
7. UT vs MN: Burbot wars.
Interesting read on how some folks view burbot in UT compared to MN when it comes to catching ’em, and their possible impact on the fishery. They don’t like ’em in UT….
8. Eskimo Outbreak hub shacks have trip-proof doors.
Slick! Click the pic below for a vid with more info on ’em:
9. CAN: NT biz fined $150K for Fisheries Act violation.
> “…a fuel truck parked on [the] property had released a diesel/water mixture — over a 20-hour period — onto land adjacent to the Hay River. An undetermined amount of the mixture then entered the Hay River….”
10. Al Lindner is on StrayCasts tonight.
StrayCasts is a bass fishing talk show streamed live. Starts at 7pm CST.
11. Last day to enter Sea Foam’s giveaway!
Giving away 6 cases of their new-ish Marine PRO product designed just for marine engines. Stuff cleans and lubricates your motor, helps prevent corrosion caused by ethanol and water, and stabilizes tank fuel up to 2 years. #Dibs
12. Someday Isle Tackle has some custom glow…
…combo kits on sale right now. Budget friendly and made in the USA: