1. OH: Biggest walleye wins a $100K boat…
…in the Lake Erie Fall Brawl:
> Pay $30 to register in the Brawl and fish any time [during the Oct 18 – Dec 1 contest] in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie…off shore or in a boat. Bring any walleye you catch to Erie Outfitters to weigh — the biggest fish wins.
Believe it started in 2010 as a bunch of buddies throwing a few bucks in towards a “big fish pot.” Now they get up to 6,000+ signing up from over 15 states.
Cool thing is you only need 1 bite to get in on the goods, and dang near every year someone fishing from shore finishes in the money — how cool is that?
Registration deadline is comin’ in hot! Gotta sign up by 11:59pm Oct 16.
2. MN: DNR’s tracking zeeb numbers on Green Lake.
More interestingly (to me) is they’re studying if/how zeebz are changing the diet of young walleye and perch:
> An adult zebra mussel will filter a liter of water per day. In Green Lake they have caused a dramatic decline in phytoplankton, the microscopic plants they eat…. …has led to a decrease in zooplankton, which feed on the phytoplankton.
> …DNR is looking at how this reduction in zooplankton affects walleye and perch. Both fish rely on zooplankton as a food source in the first months of their lives.
> …whether the walleye and perch are adapting to this change by switching at a younger age to eating invertebrates as a food source. By eating phytoplankton, zebra mussels will fertilize shallow areas of lakes with their feces and increase invertebrate numbers.
> The tissue [samples from small perch and walleye] will be analyzed at a laboratory where it can be determined whether zooplankton or invertebrates are being used as the building blocks for the tissue.
3. MN: Gander Outdoors closing a couple more locations..
Bemidji and Eden Prairie. Shifting focus towards RV sales, service and parts.
> Gander Outdoors in Cedar Rapids [IA], Sheboygan, Grand Chute and Onalaska [WI], Chesterfield [MO], Paducah [KY], Florence [AL], Rockford and Janesville [IL], and Buffalo [NY] are in the process of closing or have already done so.
4. ND/MN: Fargo Ice Fishing Show vendor list is out.
Great deals on gear from 75+ vendors, fishing seminars from the pros, and lots of chances to win free schtuff. Happenin’ Dec 13-15 at the 45,000-sq-ft Scheels Arena.
5. New limited-edition Otter Tribute Lodge Hub shack.
Of course it looks sick, but even cooler = Otter will be donating a portion of every Tribute Hub sale to the Wounded Warrior Project. #Props
6. MI: Great Lakes commercial fishers under fire.
Several bills are makin’ their way through the chain, and they…
> “…aim to increase regulations on the commercial fishing industry in MI and would stop the commercial fishing of yellow perch by designating perch as a game fish.”
This commercial fisheries fam isn’t havin’ it.
7. AnglingBuzz has a new ice show comin’.
Just dropped a teaser vid — looks like Nick Lindner’s bringing the