5. ON spending $1.3 mil to decrease phosphorus in Simcoe.
6. Mike Anselmo acquired Untamed Tackle.
Mike was the marketing director at Northland Tackle the last couple of years. Prior to that he was with Striker Brands, and In-Depth Media Productions. Little background from Mike’s FB post:
> “Kyle Welcher and I met each other before the start of Kyle’s rookie season on the Bassmaster Elite Series. I was with Striker and looking for good young anglers to help introduce Striker rainwear and UPF fishing shirts. Striker and Untamed were two of Kyle’s first sponsors. I really liked the quality of the Untamed products, and I thought the brand looked cool. I asked Kyle a couple years ago if he thought it would ever be for sale. Fast forward through time and here we are.
> “There’s a bunch of people that will read this and not be surprised. I’ve always wanted to have a brand of my own. I’m still going to be doing marketing and e-commerce work for other companies, but it’s going to be exciting to drive Untamed with Kyle and find out where this thing will go. Like I said, the products are great. My plan is to give it the marketing love and voice it deserves.”
7. MI: Monroe native founded Women of the Wild to support female vets.
Felicia Marie started Women of the Wild to serve female veterans across the country:
> “Our mission is to create safe and affordable hunting, fishing and education for females. We all deserve to find our passion. Many times females in the outdoors are left on the sidelines. We want to invite you to try something new, learn something new and help us build an incredible sisterhood of females conquering the outdoors lifestyle.”
> “We host all women, offering education and opportunities, but specifically sponsor our female veterans for hunting and fishing trips all over the United States a few times a year. We usually keep them small groups of 3 to 4 for our veterans event for a more personable experience for the ladies. We offer classes, courses and experiences all over the United States as well as internationally.”
8. UT: DWR now successfully hatching/raising tiger muskies.
> Tiger muskies are a non-native predator fish that are a cross between a northern pike and a muskellunge. As a predator species, tiger muskies can also be a valuable tool for fisheries managers because they can help control nuisance fish populations in specific waterbodies. Tiger muskies have been stocked in UT since 1988.
> Typically, hatchery managers spawn tiger muskies using eggs from female northern pike and milt (or fish sperm) from male muskellunge. However, fisheries managers were not having success getting northern pike females in hatcheries to produce eggs that they could use to spawn and raise new tiger muskies. In spring 2021, biologists decided to instead try taking the eggs from a female muskellunge to cross it with the milt from a male northern pike.
> Since 2021, the DWR has successfully produced, raised and stocked over 85K tiger muskies as a result of the new female muskellunge cross method. Where previously tiger muskies were donated from other states, these fish were all hatched and raised in-state in the Fountain Green Hatchery.
9. NPAA + ASA = Expanding their relationship.
> NPAA President Pat Neu: “For all of us working to earn a living in the sportfishing industry, networking is critical, and building the relationship between NPAA’s diverse membership and ASA is an effective networking strategy. Individual anglers cannot lobby for the future of the sport on their own. They must become part of this larger network.”
10. MN is taking submissions for a new state flag and seal….
Apparently if all goes to plan, a new set of state symbols would be accepted by the MN legislature in the spring of 2024.
They’ve already received more than 2,600 submissions…and you’re dang right I’ve scrolled thru every single one LOL.
Gotta say I’m a little disappointed that so far maybe only a couple dozen even had a reference to fishing – let alone walleye. But this one made me laugh way more than it should have lol: